They were gifts from my parents and their friends. Why? Because they fell in love with 8-tracks. I ditched much of the album collection when we both fell in love with cassette tapes. You guessed it. Whatever music was bought in vinyl was bought again in 8-tracks, bought again in cassette tapes, and, yes, one more time in CDs. No. Wait. One more time in digital downloads.
Think about how the music industry is suffering so much when fans of recording artists keep buying the same songs over and over again as each new medium for distribution comes along. Well, hold onto your Napster collection, folks, because we’re about to do it again, and this time it might take longer for the next new way to give the music industry and recording artists more money.
Yeah, I know. I’ve already spent thousands of dollars buying music on iTunes, but music ownership is so 1999, back when the cloud was Napster. Today we have Spotify, Pandora, iTunes Radio, and other ways to part with our money so we can listen to what many of us have already paid for once, twice, three times an expensive lady.
Yes, with Apple’s acquisition of Beats Electronics comes Beats Music, a curated streaming service that Apple is likely to turn into a major component of OS X and iOS whereby we will pay for the privilege of listening to music– just as we always have– but we won’t own what we listen to.
The call it a subscription service, but it’s like a rental car but with music. Pay by the month, listen to what you want, stop paying, stop listening. It’s that simple. But for those of us who’ve been around for a few years and have both digital bits music and physical music made of atoms, the latest trend has a familiar ring.
I pay more money to listen to music I’ve already listened to, but with an option to listen to pretty much anything any artist has ever recorded. One this is for sure. I pay more money, recording artists get less money.