Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Lucidae, May 21, 2015.
Genres change and blend and splinter but there will never be a situation where there are no genres. As long as people talk about music, there will be genres. Would you want to do research in a genre-free library? I wouldn't.
I thought music was moving towards the corporate, ****ty EDM for the brainless that Spotify is always promoting.
Here's what this is:
Spotify has spent BILLIONS trying to wear down the competition by offering free streaming at a loss. It's the one and ONLY reason that they have more subscribers than any other streaming service. It still hasn't worked. Google, Apple and Microsoft, plus several less deep pocketed competitors are still here--running companies with much closer attention to the bottom line (read: no free streaming).
So what do you do when you're wasting billions trying to be the last man standing and the other men are still standing? You start to try to monetize the only thing you're getting out of all that wasted spending: Big(er) data.
It may well be that with the bigger data, Spotify is able to produce better predictive playlists than the competition, i.e. something (other than free) that differentiates their service. Whether that amounts to a hill of beans in terms of ever turning a profit is another question entirely.
I think the main takeaway point here, is that over a year later and after much bitching and moaning by seemingly bitter, middle-aged men...you can still browse music by (traditional) genres in Spotify, if you so desire. It's sitting there quite happily alongside their 'lifestyle choices'; it's not a binary thing, you can have both.
"Nobody I know will every take my traditional genres away from me."
Exactly! And it's like those really casual music fans who say "I listen to everything.." then you put on a 30 minute Grateful Dead "Dark Star" from 1969 and they are running out of the room with their ears covered.
Well you can't really blame them for that IMO. They'd probably stick around for "Casey Jones", "Truckin'" and "Touch of Grey" though.
just when spoken bro metal is gaining traction
I don't use Spotify, but I don't have an issue putting my iPod on random, and hearing everything from Metal, to Classical Music, to Country, to Beatles. Or sometimes, not.........
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