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Published on December 11th, 2018 | by Alan Cross


Does it matter if we own music? Or is “renting” it good enough?

Streaming is the future. It’s just too convenient and affordable. Besides, all the labels are firmly behind it. 

But let’s not throw out music ownership entirely. There are still good reasons to own music, whether it be something physical (CDs, vinyl, sheet music) or downloaded files. Or is that just old fashioned thinking?

Watch this from music historianTed Gioia and one of the founders of the Jazz Studies Program at Stanford University. 

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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2 Responses to Does it matter if we own music? Or is “renting” it good enough?

  1. Pingback: Does it matter if we own music? Or is “renting” it good enough? – Music & Hi-fi Appreciations

  2. Steve says:

    If we don’t buy music, we don’t really support the creators of it. It’s a slippery slope and saving a few bucks isn’t worth the demise of bands who make so very, very little from streaming. People spend more on fancy coffees than they do on music. It’s almost thievery.

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