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I’ve always been labeled as the so-called music snob of whatever friend group I’m currently in, and certainly have the requisite CD and vinyl collection, as well as a classic I take on every road trip and Sunday long run. As someone who does like to own a lot of my music, I find myself almost instinctively critical of a generation of “music streamers.” It’s certainly not because I don’t use and appreciate steaming sites myself (Discover Weekly is responsible for many of the newest artists I enjoy), but more because of how many people who use these sites seem to be robbed of a personal connection or even a sense of ownership with the music. At risk of sounding like an irrational nostalgic, I miss thoughtful mixtapes (okay, mix-CDs, I’m too young for a real “tape”) with handwritten notes. I miss people describing themselves based on their music taste, and the bands that were almost theirs. Certainly many people still do this. Steaming sites don’t rob people of taste, or opportunity, but they do seem to promote the casual listener as you mentioned. It drives me absolutely crazy when I ask a friend what artist they’re playing in the car, and they respond with, “I don’t know. It’s just a Spotify playlist.” Maybe my reaction is irrational, but I wish more people deeply, truly paid attention to music.

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