June 5th, 2015
Episode 591 of 745 episodes
Much has been written about the technology behind music streaming services, and about how much they cost (or don't) for listeners and make (or don't) for artists. But what about the actual, daily experience of listening in the age of the stream? For our show this week, Bob is joined in the studio by Jacob Ganz, who created Streaming At The Tipping Point, an NPR Music series about streaming services and how they're changing the way we find, consume, own and archive our music. The conversation takes on what we gain and lose when we have an unprecedented amount of music at our fingertips, but none of it is tangible. Both Bob and Jacob tell stories of physical album artwork leading to musical discovery (Bob's of Led Zeppelin, Jacob's of Portuguese artist Lô Borges), which leads to the question, how can a forward-looking digital service preserve the best parts of the past? We've got some ideas — Spotify can thank us later.