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Do we own music anymore?

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cd collectionLook at how happy this man (let’s call him Joe) looks from Expected Behavior. Proudly standing next to his walls and walls of Compact Discs. The music hoarder in me can’t help but feel incredibly jealous of him. I bet they’re all alphabetized, sorted by genre, or color…(I wish my vinyl collection looked like this).

Let me just say. I miss walking into a record store and seeing aisle after aisle of CDs and feeling completely overwhelmed at deciding where to start. Jazz? Rock? Classic Rock? Reggae? I couldn’t even pick a section! Now with a few strokes on the keyboard, I am right where I want to be. All the while being suggested by other selections I might enjoy. Never in my life have I had a salesman at a Virgin stop by and recommend something I like based off of the albums I held in my hand. (this did happen at Amoeba Music so I can’t fault all record stores)

But there is so much talk of the Compact Disc dying. And equally so much talk of the sales of Vinyl rising. I guess we’re smack in the middle of a ‘what to do next’ situation. I love Vinyl (and I love CDs). I get so much joy after I buy a physical album and heading home to crack the seal and eagerly await what is in store for me when I put it on.

So as convenient as all the new online based music services are, they make me feel like I don’t actually own what I’ve just purchased. iTunes LP tried to remedy this but hasn’t been having much luck. So where are we going? Where will the Future of Music sales take us? All I know? Is that I’m happy to be right in the middle of it all. And being a man of convenience I am definitely one to use these services.

This topic has been covered in depth so here are a few more links if you want to read on:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/30/cd_still_not_dead_yet_why/
http://roychristopher.com/roundtable-question-april-2009
http://www.musicthinktank.com/blog/the-unprecedented-shift-from-multiplication-to-division.html

2 Responses to “Do we own music anymore?”

  1. I know what you mean! I’ve always been an obsessive liner notes reader, and I actually feel like that was a large part of my musical education growing up! Also, part of my musical discovery process is spending time at a “mom & pop” record store. More often than not, I end up buying one of the albums they are playing while I browse. I will be very sad if record stores become a thing of the past!

    • dirkler says:

      I’m right there with you Michael.
      The reason I got into recording and producing music was due to a big part of seeing who were the folks BEHIND the record I loved so much.

      THAT was my music recommendation service. If I liked what ‘this person’ did I would go and buy other records they had worked on. (hence my love for Jon Brion)

      I still feel like a kid in a candy shop when I go into record stores and start the browsing. I don’t think that feeling will ever go away. But the convenience of sites like MOG are so hard for me not to pass up. Who do I want to hear today? Bam. They’re playing for me in seconds.

      I just can’t wait to see what happens next…

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