Tu(n)esday: Finale...

If you're like me, you got pretty heavy into the whole MP3 (or whatever file type you preferred) craze in the first decade of the 2000s and into the 2010s. You bought songs and albums on services like iTunes, you ripped your CD collection to digital, or maybe you downloaded stuff illegally from whatever service was not blocked by your ISP.

And then it all came to a crashing halt with the advent of streaming services. Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, etc., broke on the scene and took over without much of a fight.

My question to you is, do you remember what your final song or album purchase/download/rip was back before you went 100% on the streaming bandwagon? Go back and check your service if you need to. I'm truly curious.

I was thinking about this the other day and it was then I realized that I can actually tell you the exact date of my final digital music purchase. Wanna know it? 

January 10, 2016

How do I know it so well? It was the evening after David Bowie died. My final purchase was a pickup of his amazing album Hunky Dory on iTunes so I could listen to it over and over again and...

smile...

cry...

sing...

shiver...

dance...

revel...

remember.

More than four years later and I still miss him immensely. 

Hunkydory

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Kevin Spencer

Oh yes, once I learned of MP3s & Napster, things would never be the same. The old laptop that has my iTunes library won’t boot so can’t say what my last download was.

Spotify is great, except for all the times it isn’t. Licensing is hard, and if a band’s record label isn’t on board, half a back catalogue can be missing.

kapgar


Spotify gets to be too much. There’s something to be said for limited availability sometimes. 

Nicole

I still really enjoy purchasing physical CDs from artists I know I will listen to over and over again, but it seems they aren't even offering it. I was able to buy Sofi Tukker's first album on CD, but had to buy the second one digitally. I don't like, or trust it. I like having a physical copy that I can re-rip to MP3 should I lose my files. I do have Spotify and enjoy it, but it's just not the same. Future generations won't ever experience the thrill of discovering new music and hunting down albums @ the store because it's all readily available for a monthly fee.

kapgar

I am envious both ways... in one, I loved the hunt for new music. But that was also at a time when music stores were an abundance and if one didn’t have it, you had plenty more to go to. But on the other hand, the hunt can be tedious especially for rare or foreign releases. In that regard, I love Spotify. There’s also a third way to look at this. There were times when I hunted for and found something only to be let down by it. That was the biggest pain point for me with the music industry. They just always pushed out crap. No, not all of it was, but a lot. And I hated wasting my money on that because you cannot return music. You could sell it to a reseller, but at a huge loss and that was it. I prefer testing on Spotify and then finding it if I deem it worth the time and cash. But never on CD. I don’t even have a working CD player outside my car.

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