Streaming alternatives? Paranoid Android
By covering all eras we noticed how every format ended dying after shining brightly. Will streaming suffer the same fate?
Many people though dropping sales were due to illegal downloading. The real reason was actually the same as in every other era: sales dropped because the related music player disappeared.
At cassettes arrival, turntables sales went down as they were more expensive than cassette players. Time for population to switch of record player and cassettes sales ended by topping vinyl sales. From mid-80s, public started to move on CD players, downgrading cassettes players. They still survived until late in the 90s because of old cars mostly having cassette players.
When cars moved to CD players, sales of cassettes completely disappeared. Then, the personal computer got into everyone’s house and CD sales boomed when those computers started to include CD players. At the same point, Hi-Fi stereo got irrelevant, which pushed sales down in the mid-run.
Not only Hi-Fi systems disappeared, in early 2010s so did CD players from computers. The likes Notebooks, Ultrabooks etc do not have CD slots anymore. Vehicles too moved from CD to MP3 players. While most people had their eyes on illegal downloads, few noted the CD music players were dying, and then, it was only a matter of time before the CD album would die as well.
Whatever happens, we have to deal with digital music. Currently, you can select either downloads or streaming, but as we saw, there is no match between both models.
Streaming is the definitive answer to the music industry. We can listen to everything, everywhere, at every moment. Just like it seems unacceptable to pay for each and every phone call or text, same will be true for music. The public want an unlimited subscription. Welcome to Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Youtube Music and others!
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