I continue to be fascinated by the way new music delivery systems–in this case, streaming–are affecting the ways people consume music.
As the CD dies, the concept of the album is increasingly passe. More and more people are turning to playlists, collections of carefully curated tracks from a multitude of artists. Musicians and producers are more concerned about placing songs on the right playlists in hopes that this is the way to fame.
Which brings me to this article from Midia Research:
“There has certainly been an industry skew towards ‘streaming hits’ though. More artists are making “Spotify-core” (i.e. music that will do anything to avoid being skipped) and that’s a genre perhaps lacking in subtlety, But can it be accused of crowding out other, subtler types of music?
“I would argue that playlists have changed the way we listen more than they have changed music itself. If the first port-of-call for music consumers is to hear songs on playlists, a lot of context around the music is lost. Already, research has shown that listeners are hard pushed to recall song titles, let alone the
If you’re wondering where music consumption is headed in at least the near term, you need to keep reading.