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"Physical media’s ship has sailed"

Khoi Vinh in What Streaming Music Can Be:

Having a record in your collection meant that you could spend time poring over its liner notes: familiarizing yourself with the names of musicians, producers, engineers, and managers; memorizing lyrics; and studying photos of musicians’ faces, stances and attire. These were the intangible qualities that made music more than just a service, but something to be collected.

I enjoyed reading this very thoughtful written article and the author has a lot of excellent points. I myself also enjoy streaming music services and my stomach equally turns “when I think back to my old collections of vinyl and CDs” …

What bothers me the most about streaming services is the lack of ownership. It’s simply renting music, but that will be in another post.

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