It has never been easier to find and discover music than it is today. While the world of social media can seem like a tornado of chaos, it is important to find the beauty in the madness. Your next favorite band, artist, or album is always just one click away. However, there are certain drawbacks to consider as well.
The Beauty: Music Streaming Services
Streaming services not only have changed the music industry completely, they have began to change the world’s view of music in general. This allows you to dissolve the barriers between musicians and fans, allowing beauty to take hold. Thanks to social media apps such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Tumblr, music is becoming more and more intertwined into the lives that we show people online.
Curiosity and wonder create the perfect mindset for music discovery, and this is beneficial to the artist and the fan alike. Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play are popular streaming services that are affordable, and can aid in your search for your new favorite song.
The Madness: The Artist’s Wallet
Your favorite band needs to make a living to. With streaming services replacing digital downloads and CD sales, independent artists are at the mercy of the streaming services to carry and promote their music. This is where the madness lies- word of mouth plays a huge role in the ability of the artist to be successful in this new world. Being dropped from a major streaming service could be the final nail in the coffin for many artists who already struggle financially. This is why it is important to support your favorite artists in more ways than streaming their music: go to concerts, buy merchandise, or purchase the record on vinyl- my personal favorite!
Bottom Line: Enjoy the Music!
For better or worse, music streaming is here to stay. Subscribe to the platform that fits your needs best, and listen away! Always remember to use social media outlets to promote the music you love, so others can love it as well- and the artist can make their living.