How Has Streaming Affected our Identities as Music Collectors?
Cherie Hu

Thanks for your article; I’m probably in the minority here, but I have gone from being a semi-serious collector of vinyl, cassettes and CD’s in the 80’s and 90’s, to a file-sharing addict in the 00’s, to a streaming-only person nowadays. (Never did iTunes much, except use it to sync my iPod back in the day). I’m not the audiophile type, never have been; and for me, the ability to have the choice of millions of songs to listen to trumps the desire to own hard copies of anything. Digital feels different, there isn’t the same thrill discovering new stuff on Google Play, YouTube or Spotify (my main 3 sources of music) as I used to get finding a cool record store in a new city, but the convenience and economy of streaming is amazing…it’s a different thrill but equally intoxicating….and I haven’t bought an album for as long as I can remember. I love technology and I don’t share the negative viewpoint that many trade music collectors/fans seem to have towards it….the ability to discover new music anywhere, anytime on my smartphone is magical.

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