How Spotify Changed the Way We Understand Music

Long gone are the days where each household with moderate income would own a record player and a selected collection of vinyl records or when going to a live concert would be the only way to actually see your favourite band performing. Now music is made available to us anywhere, in any shape and form. We moved from CD players, to mp3 players, to long music libraries on our smartphones, yet still downloading music oftentimes seemed to be a hassle. And YouTube simply eats too much data to listen to on the go, let’s be honest. This is where Spotify comes in. This Swedish start-up grew into becoming one of the world’s leading music platforms, which offers more than most of us thought would be necessary when it comes to music.

How Spotify Changed the Way We Understand Music
How Spotify Changed the Way We Understand Music

Tailored to Personal Tastes

Remember how you used to ask your friends for recommendations or hunt for new songs on the radio? That is no longer necessary, because Spotify has you covered when it comes to enriching the numbers in your go-to song list. With their “Discover Weekly” section you are bound to do exactly that – discover something based on your preferences. These might not necessarily be the newest songs out there, but the algorithm works in a way that ensures they are new and likeable to you (as long as Spotify is the main platform you use for music). There is also the option of exploring similar artists people listen to, which helps to categorize music in general.

Also, it is fair to say that our tastes differ drastically situation to situation; our evening-after-breakup playlists look a whole lot different than what we listen to on our morning run. With Spotify, it is no longer necessary to manually select songs, compile lists and place them into categories; with playlists for moods, special occasions and activities, Spotify is here to make sure that you are never on a repetitive music list.

A Different Point of View

Is all of that good though? Yes, it is truly desirable that we can pay a couple of euros per month for a personalized music library that barely eats up any data, but how exactly is that changing the way we view music?

Music-in-smartphone
Music in smartphone

In fact, when you really think about it, music has become just another commodity to consume, and Spotify is catering to that. There are two sides to it. On one hand, when we are presented with a variety of options at our fingertips, we tend to take more risks. And discovering new genres and artists we’ve never thought we’d listen to enriches us as people. But on the other hand, there is something to be said about process of putting effort into discovering music and having only that which you truly care about in your music library. After all, many still have record players in their homes despite that using the likes of Spotify is more convenient and certainly cheaper. While it is hard to answer what is the value that limited access to music brings, it is not to be completely forgotten.