Timmy94 wrote:@Nackar: It's not the customers that were pushing towards that direction; in fact, it's rather the industry that pushes them towards it and that's what irritates me. Or do you really believe that we would've come this far if the music industry was against streaming from the get-go?
I don't see your point here. You mean the industry pushes people to go streaming? Of course, because it's a method for them to make some money from people who would otherwise often just download illegally. Sure, they'll push their new source of income: that doesn't mean it'll be popular - it is only popular because people LIKE it. The industry could push any mode of music consumption on us as they like, but it's the consumer
that decides whether they want any part of it. Streaming started out very tiny - I downloaded Spotify for the first time in 2010 and was the only person I knew who had it. It wasn't pushed at all at the time. It took off because people liked what it offered, not because they were told to do so by the industry.
Principles as in that you had to purchase an album for decades and that was always fine, why giving up on it if it always worked?
Except it clearly no longer works well because sales are falling each and every year and are a mere shadow of what they once were
. And, as far as I am aware, you can still buy an album. It is still counted. There is nothing stopping you from consuming music in the way you prefer. In fact, there's more diversity in choice than ever before!
And as I already said in another thread, if you had to change something for the sake of it, why not upgrade the medium CD the way the CD was to the vinyl?
They're not changing for the sake of it, but because of necessity. There is zero comparison between the change from vinyl to CD and the change from sales to streaming. The former was an upgrade to a superior medium of storing and listening to music, but it was still a physical product you purchased. The latter constitutes a significant change in the method
of consumption. Many people don't want a "better" CD - they just don't want to buy their music en masse anymore like they did in the past.
Why do you basically have to get rid of the platform as a whole?
Except they're not. You can still buy CDs.
People only see the now, but what about jobs that depended on CDs that could get lost now?
That's a shame, if that happens. It also happens with literally every single change in any industry. Should we give up on digital switchboards and go back to huge centers where people connect phone calls so that we have more jobs? Should we scratch traffic lights so we can have more police officers standing on road crossings?
Streaming makes us even more dependent on the internet and that's dangerous, we have to move towards the opposite direction. And does streaming really generate more gross than CDs or, for the sake of it, downloads? I hardly doubt that...
I don't know if streaming generates more revenuethan CDs too - but we can't know, we're not insiders and it's all conjecture. It's also irrelevant, because CD sales generates less and less revenue because sales are falling. I am sure labels would PREFER we all bought CDs, obviously. They all want to go back to the 90s. But we're NOT, and they CAN'T, so thankfully they're trying different methods.
This is all hugely off-topic, so I apologize to LostAvenger. I suppose we can continue by PM if you want to, or in the other thread.