If you’ve perused this blog at all, you’ll noticed I’ve had a couple ‘Best of…’ lists that featured my favorite albums from a particular year. I love music. In college I hosted a show on the college radio station, and a good deal of my income has always gone to buying cds, and now mp3s.
In case you haven’t heard, Spotify seems to be all the rage. People are blogging about how great it is and friends on Facebook are handing out invites. I caved to the peer pressure, signed up, and gave it a try. It’s truly a nice service. Granted, it doesn’t have nearly as much music as it claims. For instance, it didn’t have Radiohead’s In Rainbows, Jens Lekman Oh You’re So Silent Jens, any Black Lips albums…etc.
The lack of these albums isn’t what dissuaded me from using the service. That’s bound to happen. What bothers me is that I’m afraid of what a service like this will do to the music industry. I know that if I paid $10/month for a service like Spotify, I’d be much less inclined to buy more music. And therefore, my music taste will be shaped completely by what is available on Spotify. If an artist isn’t on Spotify, I won’t hear them. I’m afraid that if a service like this becomes popular enough, then labels and bands will have to bend over backwards to play ball with them. Creating music isn’t the most profitable venture one can sign up for. And something like this could make it even harder.
For example, check out this infographic by InformationIsBeautiful.net: