Being a music connoisseur, junkie and addict is expensive! I buy several new pieces of vinyl each month and am constantly struggling with what to buy, because nothing tweaks my ears and my budget more than buying something that I’m not going to listen to more than once. New vinyl records can run from $16.99 to $39.99, these days, and who has money to waste?
In the old days, before the advent of the internet, it was a total craps shoot. A band you like comes out with a new record and, in your mind, you’re thinking, “This is going to be awesome!”. You get home totally stoked for something amazing and, halfway into the record, you realize, “This ‘St. Anger’ record isn’t Metallica AT ALL!”. Then you shelve it and lose to the gamble that is blindly (or deafly) buying records. Money down the drain. This was my life for years and I have countless CD’s and records that I’ll never listen to again. But… not anymore!
For $9.99 per month, I can listen to almost every new release on Major, Minor and Indie Labels the day after it’s released. YES!!! If you don’t want to own physical records, why even buy them??? I wouldn’t recommend that, as there’s nothing like the experience of taking some wax out of it’s sleeve, placing it on the turntable, dropping the needle and sinking into the artwork, liner notes and lyrics on a first spin. But, being able to listen to any record out, start to finish, no commercials, no hassle, on your phone, tablet, home computer, smart tv… for 10 bucks a month? Heaven!!! Not to mention the fact that I save far more than $9.99 a month by being able to preview records and only buy the ones that I know I’ll listen to throughout my life. Dodge one lame record a month and I’m saving about $500 per year… I call that awesome.
So, you use Pandora… great. Here’s my problem with Pandora. You can’t check out as much new music on their service, even if paying for premium… but that’s not really it. I’m a songwriter and the music that is out there being listened to was written by someone, recorded by someone, produced by someone, manufactured by someone, promoted by someone, you get the idea. These are all folks who are trying to make a living… and Pandora is constantly pushing for lower and unfair royalty rates for the usage of music for their streaming service. In a nutshell, they are trying to take well-earned money out of the mouths of those that create the soundtrack of our lives. Not cool with me… shouldn’t be cool with you either. Without these people, they have no product. Spotify gets that… and as a result, has the support of the music industry. That’s important to me.
Hope this helps some of my music loving friends find more new music they love and avoid throwing some money away. For a music junkie, a Spotify subscription is like a druggie getting an unlimited supply of their drug of choice for one low monthly rate… and I have a problem. Until next time, keep your music true… and turn it up ’til it moves you.