The Changing Face of Music Listening

I came across the following headline: “Free Music: 22 Websites That Are Driving Daggers Into the Heart of the RIAA.” The full blog entry can be viewed at Tinydad.com.

There is no question the internet has transformed how we buy, discover, and share music. As these changes continue, I am finding myself needing to change old habits.  At the same time, I continue to contemplate if these changes are good for music.  I would be lying if I suggested these aren’t cool new sites.  I just signed up for Last.Fm and I have been using Pandora for a few months now.  I love and use them both. Believe me, I am all for killing the RIAA.  The RIAA is only out out to protect music mogul’s interest and not musicians.

Old habits die hard. I was saddened when Tower Records closed. Not because I thought Tower Records was great, but because I used to go and browse the aisles and I learned about many new bands by doing so. Now, I have to resort to Best Buy, Borders, and Barnes & Noble if I wish to wander in a store in search of something different. Let’s face it, these stores aren’t music stores.  They carry the highly marketed groups groups, and rarely do I find the stuff that really interests me.  I am probably one of the few people that don’t have an iPod or some sort of mp3 player. Not because I don’t want one, because I do (it’s all about $$ and responsibility, it sucks growing up).

Today, I learn it seems that social sites like Pandora or Last.fm is where I have come across new groups.  Social media has created a new way for me (and us) to not just learn about new artists, but share our likes with others. I first listened to Nightwish through Pandora. After hearing a few songs via Pandora, I went out and bought their newest album.

Are we witnessing the death of the music label? Or, is it the death of the music industry? The only reason why music labels are falling short is because they hate change.  Actually, they want to remain in control, but with social media cuts that control. Instead, social media is empowering bands and musicians to control how they distribute and decide for themselves whether they want to deal with a music label.

Thanks TinyDad.com for the awesome list. I will definitely need to check out some of the new sites I hadn’t heard about like Skreemer, Musicovery, and SeeqPod.

One more thing. My user name on Last.fm is Contrapuntist.

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One comment on “The Changing Face of Music Listening
  1. Thanks for pointing out this TinyDad article, it’s an interesting round up, and it was also good to hear your thoughts about how the music industry is changing. As CEO of ad-supported download service We7 I have been closely watching the changes, and I believe that rather than witnessing the death of the music label or music industry we are part of an era of evolution. The industry has to listen to the ever more powerful consumers and deliver the things they value – like making music more of a social experience as you enjoy and radically paying artists for their music if if the consumer gets it free.

    It needs to be easier to find new artists and share music – this is certainly something we try to do with our TasteMakers programme encouraging subscribers to engage with brand new artists and champion them.

    Great to hear your thoughts, I hope we can be part of a movement in social media that empowers bands and fans.

    Steve Purdham, CEO, http://www.we7.com

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