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Interesting read indeed ! 
Thank goodness, I grew up listening to music via albums, something I think the “disposable” generation is clearly missing out on.

Playlists have their place, but it’s “fast food “ music. Not just in the music world, but I feel the whole planet is spiraling out of control. 

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I like to hear a whole album - and follow along with the lyrics so I can get the whole story of the album, what is the artist wanting to say when they recorded it? What was happening at that time?

 

Playlists do have their place, but most of the time I feel like it is just a chance to be a DJ 😉

@Mr 57 Good analogy though "fast food" music 😉

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I think that play lists diminish the impact and emotional connection with the artists.

 

It is somewhat like have an endless collection of ".... Greatest Hits "

 

We all have favourite musicians and almost always, they ( and their albums ) evolve over time, with different themes and styles which connects us to their musical journey.

 

Just cherry picking tracks to make a list is certainly fine and even enjoyable on a limited scale, but eventually, it all seems just like a radio station,which may be entertaining,but which separates us from the artists discography.

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I grew up listening to albums start to finish back in 70's & 80's.

 

But these days I never listen to complete albums. Nor do I have any playlists. 

 

Much prefer to be my own DJ. 

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2 hours ago, Snoopy8 said:

Not sure why it matters about how someone listens to music ???  As long as the person enjoys the music, that is all that counts...

Agreed, tis the reason we chase this hifi hardware business 😆🙏

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My playlists are all the best tracks from my favourite albums - with exception of tracks from gapless recordings which would cause a hiccup in the flow. No filler. All gold. All deeply engaging or they don't make the cut. No fast food here. Radio at home? Hardly. No idiot announcements,  no ads, no tracks I don't like.

 

I do albums too, but rarely without having to skip the odd atrocity. 

 

I discover music without the aid of AI. Reading about music while streaming gives lots of suggestions and new standouts can be added to my list. Can't do that in album only mode.

 

To suggest that playlist listening drives all music into Muzak is a bit shallow and smells like clickbait.

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Hmmm.

 

For 60 years, I have only ever played an "album" from start to finish; never a "song".  In the 60s I never bought a "single" or an "EP".  I have no compilations and even "greatest hits" albums are almost non-existent in my collection.  I don't listen to radio or stream anything.  The hifi system is never background music; in fact we don't do background music at all.  The car plays a copy of a CD.  Hifi and music is just a hobby not a passion;  I can go weeks without actually switching it on. 

 

Weird heh.

 

However, I bet I am not Robinson Crusoe in this regard.

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29 minutes ago, aechmea said:

Hmmm.

 

For 60 years, I have only ever played an "album" from start to finish; never a "song".  In the 60s I never bought a "single" or an "EP".  I have no compilations and even "greatest hits" albums are almost non-existent in my collection.  I don't listen to radio or stream anything.  The hifi system is never background music; in fact we don't do background music at all.  The car plays a copy of a CD.  Hifi and music is just a hobby not a passion;  I can go weeks without actually switching it on. 

 

Weird heh.

 

However, I bet I am not Robinson Crusoe in this regard.

Wow a car with a CD player  - that takes me back :D 

I listen to records 2-3 hours a day - every day almost without exception  - it's part of my after work ritual  - listening, cooking, playing with the dog, wine may occasionally be involved... 

i would be lucky to watch 7 hours of TV a week... usually one ep of whatever tv show i'm binging after dinner... 

 

RN / ABC Radio is also a mainstay in the morning and at drive time... but i work in media so i need to ingest media - I can't not... when i retire though... different story 

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On 3/7/2023 at 9:35 AM, Snoopy8 said:

Not sure why it matters about how someone listens to music ???  As long as the person enjoys the music, that is all that counts...


Amen!

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On 3/7/2023 at 12:18 PM, Mr 57 said:

Agreed, tis the reason we chase this hifi hardware business 😆🙏


I do believe that some folks use music to listen to their systems rather than use their systems to listen to music!

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At least 50% of my music listening is via high res internet radio (principally Mother Earth) and generally enjoy their playlists immensely.  I think they put a lot of thought into crafting playlists where one track flows nicely into another and the vibe ebbs and flows.

 

I also enjoy sitting down and listening to whole albums when in a mode for a particular artist.

 

I dunno but this kind of seems like some more survivorship bias at play.

 

 

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