So, you love listening to music, but sometimes you feel like you aren’t getting as much out of the experience as you could. Your headphones are tinny, your favorite songs are hard to find, and you’re sick of listening to the same tracks even though you do love them. Fear not! There are so many things you can do to make music listening better.
Here are just a few simple changes you can make to improve your experience with music:
Become a Social Listener
Instead of always listening to music alone with your headphones on, become a social listener. Buy the Best Boombox you can afford and take it to the park.Let your friends stream their favorite jams to your device, and you might just discover something new.
The music industry was so simple before the internet came along. The record company would sign a band, give them an advance to make an album, and then market it. If you wanted to listen to that album, you went into a record store and bought it. The label took their disproportionate cut, but the band still ended up making a decent amount of money. Everybody was a winner. When it came to touring, it was just promotion for the album, that was where all of the cash came from.
These days things look completely different. The internet has upended the way that the music industry works entirely. The jury is still out on whether that’s a good thing or not, but regardless of whether you like it or not, the way that you buy and listen to music is wildly different to what it was a couple of decades ago.
Taylor Swift recently made news when she pulled her new music from the popular streaming service Spotify. She wasn’t the first artist to take a stand and pull their material. The Black Keys pulled their “El Camino” album back in 2011, but it was only off the service for the first few months of its release. They clearly wanted strong sales and not many other artists have pulled material since.
Swift sold 1.2 million copies of “1989” in its first week. It is the first album this year to have eclipsed one million in sales…for the year!
There isn’t another artist that could have done this and survived. One could argue that she would have sold just as many or slightly less if she kept her music on Spotify. It could have went bad in a hurry, but she’s Taylor Swift and can do no wrong.