I Still Buy Music

Monday, February 18, 2019
I know we're in the age of getting music for five or ten dollars a month, or free if you're cool with ads or piracy, but I still like buying music.

First off, at home I have this super nice Crosley player. It can play vinyl, CDs, cassettes, the radio, has an auxiliary port, and bluetooth. And since there has been the resurgence of vinyl, as well as the passing down of my parents' and my uncle's records to me, I have the perfect player to play them on. Not to mention I can still play my old CDs  from when I was a child.

Second, I love having my iTunes library. As much as Spotify has a lot of music, there is some music that they do not have access to that I actually have to purchase, either through iTunes or physically, in order for me to play it. Also, since this is the same library I've had since I first got my own computer, it's fun to look at all the music I have accumulated since I was nine years old.

Third, there's a sense of ownership when you purchase something. Once I buy a CD, or record that has a download code, or something from the iTunes store, and it gets added to my library, that music is in my possession and it cannot be removed, for whatever reason.

Finally, I know the artist will get paid for me listening to their music. In the age of streaming, there is ongoing reporting about how much artists actually make on those services. I know for the bigger artists who are obviously well off are probably fine, but for smaller artists who don't have as big of an operation around, as the music industry is no longer as centralized and it is hard to get a foothold, it's important to put your money where your headphones are and actually buy their music, a tour ticket, and maybe a piece of merchandise if you can swing it. For those who can't buy every single album of artists they like, share the music and get more people interested and listening to them. Then go to their shows together and have a good time.
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