Art Tatum – Complete Original American Decca Recordings CD3 (2001) [EAC-APE]

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The Boy’s Birthday(s)

This past weekend was It was my boyfriend’s birthday weekend which fell under the category of weekends you could use another day to recover. Friday was pretty low-key (I like to keep Fridays simple). It took awhile, but we agreed on picking up sandwiches from Which Wich and wine and watched Forrest Gump. It was an “indoor picnic” of some sorts. I had seen bits and pieces of the movie, but it was nice to finally see it start to finish.


The $ound of Money

Singer songwriter, Taylor Swift, has been dominating headlines lately as her new album “1989″ has sold over 1.3 million copies in the first two weeks. Uniquely, Swift’s album is only available for purchase at Target, Walmart, and iTunes. The artist made the bold decision to remove her music from free streaming site, Spotify. As explained in this Rolling Stone article, Swift and her record label want the music industry to raise its standards and respect the value of music. They believe many artists will follow in Swift’s footsteps by removing their music from streaming sites. But what does this mean for us music consumers? Are these music powerhouses going to eliminate these free music distributors and force consumers to pay for everything we listen to?

As I have discussed on here before, sites like Spotify, Pandora, SoundCloud, Beats Music and Youtube are the most common forms  that consumers listen to music. YouTube has recently announced how they plan to officially join the music streaming market but there’s a catch. Their new service will have a subscription fee of $7.99 a month. SoundCloud will also be implementing a monthly fee for streaming music as well. All music steaming sites pay huge sums of money in royalties to record labels and artists are paid an amount for every play so it’s not like they are being completely ripped off by these sites.

College students and the younger generation are the ones most frequently using these streaming sites. As a college student myself who is a fan of music, I know there is no way my bank account could support my taste in music. Popular music blog, Good Music All Day, posted this picture of what may be the future of the music industry.

The music industry is caught in the middle of two words. Artists want their music to be valued and paid for by bringing back the days of buying physical albums. Music consumers however believe music is an art that should be shared and accessible for everyone. Technology today makes everything from movies, books, shows, and music so easily accessible that this may be an irreversible trend. This controversial issue was discussed in this article about the recent headlines of Spotify.