OPINION – Streaming Pioneer Turns 10, Changing How We Listen

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OPINION – Streaming Pioneer Turns 10, Changing How We Listen

David-Jared Matthews, Reporter

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NEWSROOM – This month marks Spotify’s 10 year anniversary.  Credited with being one of the pioneers of music streaming, millions of people currently log on to listen to their favorite tunes every day.

The platform’s popularity and accessibility has helped changed the way that people listen to music.

Spotify allows its users to stream the majority of songs by signed artists.  Over the past decade, most artists have switched over from distributing on CDs and vinyl to music streaming platforms like Spotify and Apple Music.  These music streaming platforms allow users to easily access millions of song at the click of a button, either for free or for a monthly payment.

Over time, people began to refrain from buying music, even on digital platforms like iTunes, and get it off streaming sites like Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play Music.  This has caused a boom in the music industry because music is much more accessible to many more people, this allows many chart topping songs to gain millions upon millions of streams.

Streaming is the new wave of how people listen to music and how artists can get their music to the widest audience as easy as possible.  Streaming music allows the listener to access songs from millions of artists, which allows newer artists to get their music out to the public easier.

Although we don’t have as many record stores around and most people don’t use CD’s anymore, more and more people are listening to music.  It is much more convenient for music fans to be able to listen to whatever they want, whenever they want, without individual payments for songs or albums.

While streaming may be beneficial to the consumers of music, artists make much less money from streams than an actual album or single sales.  Instead of paying ten dollars for every album you want to listen to or a dollar for every song, streaming sites allow users to listen to what they want without much of a cost.

Contrary to what some believe, streaming has not ruined the music industry, it has progressed it by allowing greater convince to the consumer and access to the widest range of music for the lowest cost.

Story by David-Jared Matthews, Reporter

Edited by Ted Frascella, Editor in Chief

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