As I walked towards another day of university with earphones plugged into my ears flipping through loads of playlists in the Spotify app trying to choose the perfect mix of songs to make my walk much more peaceful, I realized that streaming songs were slowly but surely reducing my love and excitement for music. It felt like nothing was perfect for the moment.
Meg Lethem, working at a bakery says “Using music rather than letting it be its own experience, that was the problem.” She did not like the way she used music so she cut off all her streaming services.
Such reckonings have become increasingly commonplace as a Bristol-based musician and audio engineer named Finlay Shakespeare says, ”With streaming services, things were starting to become more throwable and disposable. If I did not gel with an artist or a song from an album, I tended not to go back.” Shakespeare recently deleted his streaming accounts and bought a used i-pod on eBay.
Many feel that after deleting their streaming accounts their music experiences have become more focused and dedicated. It has become a little inconvenient as some reluctantly accept that they listen to less music now but now that they have to work to listen to songs, they feel more connected to them.
Some of the fans have deleted their accounts after finding out how much the artists are compensated by the platforms. They have now ditched mod cons for MP3s, CDs, and other DIY music formats like records, cassettes, Bandcamp, and Mixcloud, and all-in-all leaving music has led to a more meaningful daily experience of music.