Access v/s Owning music
Until a few years ago, when the internet wasn't too popular and was a luxury, we used to collect as much good music as we can on our hard disks, CDs and DVDs. We still remember our college days when exchanging good music and movies were the norm. It used to be a big deal telling our friends that we own a few GBs of music and that we own the latest chart busters. We've lost count of how many times we must have listened to that limited yet wide collection of music gathered over the years. Those were good old days of owning music.
However, things have changed since the internet was accessible to the common man. Content sharing in the form of text, audio, and video has totally, transformed the way we exchange our latest finds in the music scene. Cloud storage has replaced our good old hard drives and CDs. Subscription services such as Netflix and streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify has become the norm. Needless to say, now there are more musicians and more music than ever. Such abundance has led to so much chaos and distraction that we don't listen to then new tracks for as many times as we used to listen to the old tracks during the pre-internet era. Additionally, its hard to keep track of all the updates in the music scene and hence, discovering good music has become harder. Since searching for your old favorite song is easier online, the good old hard disk must be lying somewhere in the storage. Plus, we don't have to worry about our hard disk crashing down all of a sudden since there's always enough and more music on the web.
So, what do you think is going to be the future - owning music or accessing music? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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