The only thing you can count on in life is change. I know this because every time I use Spotify they have a new version of the pro- gram to download. Which kind of leads me into my next point. I would say that I’ve actively been listening to music for 8 years, give or take. That’s really not that long a time, considering that music has been recorded now for 85 to 90 years. Back in my day when I first started listening to music you actually had to buy a CD to get what you wanted, iTunes was still in its infancy, and for most people they had to use a CD player to play music, I heard a story of someone not that much older than me who would keep CDs hidden in bushes and different places and he would swap out the CD in his CD play- er to change to a different 15 songs. This whole process was pretty much wiped out by iTunes and the iPod which allowed you to have anywhere from 500 to several thou- sand songs in your pocket. The CD was gone, bring in the download. This is what I really grew up with, from 15-20 I downloaded everything, a lot for free. (Benefit of listening to hip-hop is they often release it for free; I didn’t do it illegally.) I thought this was it, this was here to stay, what could be better than that, as I’m sure people who listened to cassettes, and 8-tracks and everything else thought during those times as well. Difference is that most of those lasted longer than 4 years as the primary way to consume music. Now, I’m 21, and I rarely download anything, I pay $5 a month to have every song under the sun available to stream at a moment’s notice on Spotify. It’s to the point where I buy something on iTunes now just to support the artist, I don’t even download it to my phone. I just stream it on Spotify. It’s a different dynamic, but it gives you access to it all. (This will soon change too; artists are giving their albums exclusively to different streaming services and we will get to a point where it will be like TV streaming services, where Netflix, Hulu, HBO etc. all have differ- ent options. The only difference is that maybe Taylor Swift is only on Apple Music, and maybe Mumford and Sons is only on Spotify.) For the time being, Spotify pretty much has it all covered. Streaming is so big already that they now count streams as album sales if enough are reached, although I’m not sure how that’s all calculated. It’s changed so much in only 8 years, I can’t imagine what it will be like in another 8.
Aaron Boma 2012 DTHS Graduate and ISU Senior