New Study Blames Downloading for Growing Apathy Towards Music..

An article over at Ars has this to say about music in general

“The accessibility of music has meant that it is taken for granted and does not require a deep emotional commitment once associated with music appreciation,” said music psychologist Adrian North.

The study concluded that because of a greater than ever level of accessibility to music (including legal and illegal downloading, Internet broadcasts, and MP3 players), people in general had a more apathetic attitude towards music appreciation.

The only part of this that I can agree with is the easy accessibility of music but I don’t think that’s the root cause of our apathy towards it. Think back prior to the late 1990’s. My favorite bands would have singles on the radio or on MTV. If I liked that particular single, I had to purchase the entire cassette or album, just to get that one song. It was a very rare occurence that I would listen to an entire cassette or album of even my most revered bands. The record companies could give a shit less, whether you listened to the entire album. No, what they were more concerned with is that you purchased the entire album…even if it was for just one song. They measured success by the number of albums sold.

Since the late 1990’s, we’ve had relatively easy access to single songs. We don’t have to purchase an entire album for that one song. I’m sure that this also translates into less people falling in love with a group and more people falling in love with single songs. We’ve gone from group focus to song focus….which could also be misinterpreted as apathy…

Let’s face it, the artists and the record companies would much rather have you spend $16.99 on an entire CD instead of $.99 on one song. It’s like having to purchase the entire car when all you want are it’s new tires…..


Yahoo Music Service….too good to last.

I just received this in my mail box from Yahoo..

Dear Yahoo! Music Unlimited Subscriber:
We want to let you know about an upcoming change to the Yahoo! Music Unlimited service regarding the transfer of subscription music to compatible portable music players. If you do not transfer subscription music to a portable device or do not plan to do so in the near future, this change does not affect you.
Currently, the Yahoo! Music Engine software lets you transfer two types of music to compatible portable music players: (1) subscription music, which is available to you for as long as you remain an active Yahoo! Music Unlimited subscriber, and (2) music you’ve purchased, including both downloaded music you’ve bought from Yahoo! and music you’ve ripped from CDs you own.
On November 1, 2005, the cost of transferring and playing subscription music on a portable digital music player will increase from $4.99 to $9.99 per month for an annual subscription ($119.88 billed annually) and from $6.99 to $11.99 per month for a monthly subscription. Despite this increase, Yahoo! Music Unlimited will
continue to offer the lowest price anywhere for transferring subscription music
to a portable player.
If you transfer Yahoo! Music Unlimited subscription music to a portable music player, or you plan to do so in the future, you may upgrade to an annual subscription by October 31, 2005 and lock in the current low price of $59.88 for one more year.
If you do not (and have not) transferred subscription music to a portable device, your subscription will continue to renew at the current monthly rate of $6.99 for the base package of Yahoo! Music Unlimited. All features will remain the same except for subscription music portability.
Visit Yahoo! Music Unlimited Help to learn more about compatible portable devices.
If you have further questions, you may contact Customer Care.
We are committed to offering our customers the most competitive pricing possible for digital music and we hope you continue to enjoy your experience with Yahoo! Music Unlimited.
Thank you.
Yahoo! Music Customer Care