In Streaming, One Goliath Creates Many Davids

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Justin Timberlake’s latest song was featured prominently on Spotify’s completely new music playlist.

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The Popcast can be hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The completely new York Times. the item covers the latest in pop music criticism, trends as well as news.

As we come into 2018, streaming has firmly established itself among the dominant modes of music consumption, as well as almost certainly the dominant mode of music distribution. Vast catalog, free access (with ads), immediacy: what could go wrong?

In Streaming, One Goliath Creates Many Davids

Quite a few things, the item turns out. Spotify can be threatening to become a category killer, as well as with in which comes problems. How does the medium actually warp the message? as well as how does the item affect musicians — who create the content in which allows streaming to exist — both in terms of aesthetics as well as also finances? (Also, what about all the great music in which’s not on Spotify? SoundCloud as well as Bandcamp have huge archives of music in which won’t be found there.) Hard conversations about streaming are more important than ever.

because of This specific week’s Popcast, Mr. Caramanica can be joined by Liz Pelly, whose recent Baffler article “The Problem With Muzak” outlined several concerns about the economy of streaming; David Turner, a senior staff writer at Track Record as well as the author of a weekly newsletter about streaming, Penny Fractions; as well as Joe Coscarelli, the pop music reporter for The completely new York Times.

Email your questions, thoughts as well as ideas about what’s happening in pop music to popcast@nytimes.com.

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