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Has computer based media killed music?

An interesting online article in the Guardian by Sophie Heawood entitled ...

Music has died now I've thrown away my CDs and only listen on my laptop

Streaming music has made it so dull I've lost all interest in it

I'm sure many What HiFi readers will have done the same.  In a way, having such an abundance of online music takes away some of the exclusivity of the cherished vinyl or CD.

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RE: Has computer based media killed music?

No it hasn't. Utter fucking nonsense. Next.

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RE: Has computer based media killed music?

Certainly not for me. I've discovered some fantastic music that I would never of heard if I relied on buying CD's.

Im listening to totally different genres all thanks to Spotify it's awoken my interest in music.

The industry just needs to make sure artists are rewarded properly.

 

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I listen to far more music now than I ever did when I had to actually find it.  I suspect Sophie may only have four CDs.

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RE: Has computer based media killed music?

Probably NOW Thats What I Call Music 1754 thru to Now 1758 :shifty:

If i could i would use spotify etc for the reasons of expanding my listening,but i can't,so i won't.

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RE: Has computer based media killed music?

Not for me.

I am still out as much as possible listening to live music.

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RE: Has computer based media killed music?

Hmmm it's definitely not killed music, but I do feel with such an abundance of music immediately on tap (either from one's own ripped collection or from online streaming services), the experience of sitting down and 'listening to an album' has been robbed of a certain sense-of-occasion and ceremony. 

It's like buying records from shops.  Which one of us didn't 'Oooh' and 'Ahhh' at our favourite artists latest releases in the record store, flipping the cover over to read the track listing, wondering what it might sound like. Then buying it, coming home on the bus (in my case), peeling it out of its shrink-wrap, carefully placing it on the turntable like a valuable jewel, letting the stylus hit the groove  in eager anticipation and then legging it to chair before the first note started. Yeah I know many of us here still buy CDs and it's at least a bit the same. But certainly most people don't, and hitting the 'Buy Now' button in iTunes and watching digital data download just isn't the same at all. Not for me at any rate.

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RE: Has computer based media killed music?

She seems most confused. I think the first sentence of he final paragraph may be right. Most odd.

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RE: Has computer based media killed music?

A music journalist who yearns for a new "£400 stereo" or "boombox"? Well, there you go!

Couldn't read it all, it's too boring. The confused ramblings of a ****! But I bet she got paid a couple of grand for it, so what do I know??

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Is that what journalists get paid?!?!?

No wonder Cloughie picked up the tab last night...

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A couple of grand per article? If only! More like £100/1000 words, the same rate it's been for the two decades I've been a journalist. But still enough to buy you a couple of lagers and a packet of crisps John Tongue out

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RE: Has computer based media killed music?

John Duncan wrote:
No wonder Cloughie picked up the tab last night...

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RE: Has computer based media killed music?

Smile

 

I think people are being too harsh on Sophie - she knows her musical onions....(and as she mentions in the piece, used to have a very nice B&O system).

I may get in touch and suggest she tries SONOS before she gives up on Spotify Smile

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I've read the article in full now and actually the problem is clear - it is not 'streaming music' that is killing her enjoyment, it's 'listening to music on her laptop'. She needs some KEF X300As...

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Clare Newsome wrote:
I may get in touch and suggest she tries SONOS before she gives up on Spotify :-)

Whereas I'd just suggest she gives up on Spotify, and starts listening to music in decent quality again.

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RE: Has computer based media killed music?

Its the quality of the music files thats killing music.

 

In the modern world or fast internet 50GB Blu Ray discs - Cheap as chips Mulit Gig memory Sticks why are music files getting smaller.

 

It would cost peanuts to sell an album on a memory stick - I cant believe its not been done before.

 

The Files should be Getting Bigger and being uncompessed.  That is what streaming allows that a CD doesnt.

I think loosing the CD is a good idea if its replaced with full fat downloads or mem sticks or similar

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