Dec 192015

I prefer to STREAM MUSIC!!!!

I know that the drop in physical record sales has financially hurt many of my fellow musicians. I feel for them but as the music business evolves there will be winner and losers. I believe streaming services, such as Spotify, Apple Music, and YouTube Red, will eventually have a hundred million subscribers worldwide…then more money will flow.

I also understand that fidelity is an issue. Every musician I know works hard to make the best sounding music possible but I also know that most people listen to mp3s on cheap earbuds, negating a good portion of their efforts.

The point is convenience trumps everything and we are never going back to what once was…

I don’t own a typewriter, I don’t have a landline phone, I don’t have cable TV, and I don’t mail letters.

I shop online, I pay my bills online, I read the newspaper online, I communicate with my friends and family online…and every song that I ever want to hear is available online…instantly.

I love my vinyl but when I want to listen to music…I stream.

Andy Shernoff

…I want to thank Chris Stein, who doesn’t share my feelings about streaming, for allowing me to have fun with his song and Tricia Scotti for the wonderful vocal.


  7 Responses to “Andy Shernoff on Streaming”

  1. As someone that won’t even get a phone…that was still fuckin’ great.

  2. Yes! In the spirit of the season STREAM this great X-mas mix from Mercury Girls on my steaming service of choice — SOUNDCLOUD!

    Happy Holidaze!

  3. I do a bit of steaming now, when it’s convenient, supplies a quick fix, or allows me to check out stuff I don’t want to risk buying, but I still prefer to touch/own my records. In part, I will always prefer the physical sensation if handling a record, but evenbwiyh mp3s I like to demonstrate the commitment to owning and choosing my music. Plus, staying out of the stream keeps me somewhat protected from the whole “If you like this, you’ll like…” That formula always leads to stinking Joe Jackson, for me.

  4. Count me in for Team Streaming. I stream all the time – I’ve had a Rhapsody subscription for years. Now that it is heavily rumored that the Beatles albums will be added to various services in the next week, pretty much anything I would want to listen to will be available on demand!!

  5. tonyola

    I have my dream music collection fully digitized by now with three full backups. I’d say that 98% of the collection is organized by artist -> album -> date – the rest is a folder of loose singles. I do listen to some streaming – mostly prog and psychedelic oldies. Most of my listening, however, consists of full albums out of my collection. I haven’t had any vinyl in 23 years thanks to Hurricane Andrew and I’m down to a few hundred CDs which are doing nothing but taking up space. To me, the idea that one can carry around a massive music collection in a pocket is a wonder of our age.

  6. Yeah, with tambourines brought out in the mix.

  7. 2000 Man

    I don’t like how streaming services try to figure out what I like. they always end up playing things that I should like, but don’t because I just don’t, or they pick stuff I like a lot but I’m not in the mood for. If I don’t want that to happen then I have to create a playlist, and once I’ve heard a playlist, I sure as hell never want to hear exactly those same songs in exactly the same order again.

    I’ve got an mp3 player and a USB thing for the car and I use them, but when I’m sitting down with the stereo on, I listen to records or cd’s. I don’t know what I’m in the mood for until I pick it. I don’t know what I want to buy until I go to the store and I don’t know what I want to listen to until I start listening.

    I find new music mostly by reading things or listening to college radio or just liking the name of a band or an album cover. If I let the streaming stuff do it, I end up listening to nothing but Classic rock or nothing but Indie Rock. Plus, I’ve already tried Jazz enough. I just don’t like it and I don’t want to hear it.

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