Musical Onslaught

gdazegodgdazegod Posted 1 month ago
Musical Onslaught

Many of you will have heard the oft quoted phrase 'sometimes less is more'.

And in this current era this is no more evident than with the multitude of album releases appearing week in and week out.

You would think that with the proliferation of file sharing and pirating, musicians the world over would be disheartened by this, not being able to generate an income that allows for a full-time career as such.

But no that is not the case, and on our website we get tons of requests to review albums that aren't exactly well known or publicised, but still we get to see them come across our desk from the various agencies that represent them.

As a result we have to be rather discerning about what it is we choose to promote on GDM. Not every release is tailor-made for our audience, and the more I see albums that are outside the genres that we cover the less inclined I am to assist some of these agents who just seem to be throwing out stuff to all and sundry hoping something will stick to the wall.

Which leads me on to my next point. What are we doing in 2018 in terms of our listening habits?

From what I gather, the readership here is still hellbent on buying CDs, and that's very admirable considering how much it costs to get the physical product from A to B. Nowadays it's not cheap to do so.

Some of you still thumb your noses up at file shares though I'm not completely sold on your argument. Sometimes it's a matter of cost and distribution vs availability. For me it's space and portability, those are the two major things for me considering I move around a lot. And in 2019 that's going to continue to happen with a big move planned.

What about the big 'have' that is online streaming? Spotify, Google Music, Deezer, Apple / iTunes and whoever else is involved in this industry.

I used to have accounts to a few of these but at the end of the day I couldn't be half-assed about it. When I was working out on site yes it would come in handy to listen to something on the train, but because I'm working from home full-time now, the services became redundant.

I'm sure you all have your favourite methods and the reasons why.

One thing I still am trying to find on the Net is a jukebox service. If some of you remember we used to run a jukebox and it was great too, but the website (divshare.com) went under and I haven't found anything of similar quality ever since.

As it is, I haven't bought a CD in ages and the way things are going that will continue into the future too.

As far as music consumption is concerned, you can rest assured that there are many artists out there still willing to create music and place it into the public domain, but it's how we choose to listen to it that makes the difference.

About gdazegod

I am the Super Administrator of GDM, and I currently live in Melbourne, AUST

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  • Explorer
    Explorer
    I still buy lots of CD's, I guess that's an age thing. I tend to scour the record fairs, car boot sales for the old stuff and with regards new releases I've found myself going either directly to the artist or through their Pledge page. My top 5 releases have all been through these 2 methods. The shipping from the States has become troublesome lately but I tend to bite the bullet. File sharing?, I'm not against it per se and will do it on occasion if that's the only way of getting a particular album. I'm not totally a philistine though and I do possess an iPod which is purely for convenience when out and about and in particular in the car. Finally as for streaming services...No thanks.
    Reply · · - December 14 2018 17:40:52
  • gdazegod
    gdazegod
    I hope to at least halve my CD collection within the next six months. Sounds onerous yes, I'm sure it is.
    Reply · · - December 15 2018 06:35:46
  • melodiapositiva
    melodiapositiva
    I buy about six or seven cds each month and vinyls if i find some rarity ,i donĀ“t like any of the new ways of buying music .I had thousands of mp3 files a few years ago and i got saturated almost losing my interest in music .But then i press a key of my computer and in a second i had nothing .
    I enjoy much more having the cd or vinyl on my hands ,and i hope i can keep buying stuff forever headbang
    Reply · · - December 16 2018 16:33:02
  • dtabachn
    dtabachn
    I still buy CDs as far as they are available and I can afford them, both subjects (availability and price) being particularly important and sometimes troubled when you live in South America. I enjoy the physical product as a whole work of art as well as the time you spend in finding them and sitting to listen while taking a look at the artwork, liner notes, lyrics, etc. Still I take advantage of the current technology. File shares allowed me to get to know music I could of never listened to otherwise, and I'm greatly thankful about it and have been for more than a decade now. Online streaming (including YouTube) is also great even though I don't use it that frequently. I mean, it's way better to have it as an option than not having it at all, and when there's only internet connection and a phone or other devices with no storage in it, it's the only way to listen to music when you are in the mood.
    Reply · · - December 17 2018 16:05:00
  • gdazegod
    gdazegod
    Many moons ago, I did some freelancing work for Netflix, long before they became the empire they are today. This was back in the day when they were a CD and DVD distribution company when movies were sent out on demand to customers all over the USA. They determined that the best way to minimize east coast to west coast distribution costs was to be situated in the middle of the country, a la Kansas City or St Louis. If I were to live in the USA with a sole intent on buying cheap vinyl, I'd probably follow the same example.
    Reply · · - January 09 2019 22:11:26

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