How do you get yours?....


First of all, if you are reading this, thank you for being here. Second, any and all feedback on the following subject is appreciated..... Here is the question(s).... How do you get your music? How do you listen to music in this day and age? Do you buy CDs? Do you stream music for free? Do you purchase downloads?

As a hard working DIY independent musician in these strange musical times, I am trying to keep up with the digital-tech curve. It seems there has been an extreme drop in the overall support and purchase of music. It seems the more people I talk to about this, the more I find the general public simply goes to their smart device and touches a button. You know the main ones I'm talking about... -Pandora and Spotify as well as a small handful of others- .... I do understand why this is... it is simple and takes little thought or effort.... the convenience factor. So for someone like myself who has been doing this a long time, it is a serious transition and a tough pill to swallow as I have seen CD sales and digital sales decline dramatically. And again, I get it, I do understand why this is happening in this inter-web driven world. So how do you get yours? AND what is the most effective way for a hard working DIY singer/songwriter such as myself to get mine to you and those you think would enjoy the new music? MARKET RESEARCH... Thank you!

11 comments

  • Rand Burgess

    Rand Burgess Brevard

    Hi Dave. Given my age demographic I'm probably not the norm. I actually do all of the above. I still buy a cd on occasion (having grown up in the vinyl age I still like holding a cd and being able to read about the musicians and lyrics, and checking out the artwork). I listen to the radio a lot (WNCW), purchase a few downloads, and sometimes stream Pandora or Spotify (usually on the weekends). I don't have an easy answer. For me, when I hear a new artist or a new release on the radio, or just someone I haven't heard before, that often prompts me to purchase a download. All the best, RB

    Hi Dave. Given my age demographic I'm probably not the norm. I actually do all of the above. I still buy a cd on occasion (having grown up in the vinyl age I still like holding a cd and being able to read about the musicians and lyrics, and checking out the artwork). I listen to the radio a lot (WNCW), purchase a few downloads, and sometimes stream Pandora or Spotify (usually on the weekends). I don't have an easy answer. For me, when I hear a new artist or a new release on the radio, or just someone I haven't heard before, that often prompts me to purchase a download.

    All the best, RB

  • Steven Freedman

    Steven Freedman Asheville, NC

    Dave, I appreciate your post. It must be tough out there with all the free stuff available. Personally I love Pandora. It's $5 a month and commercial free. There are unlimited stations. I access through my phone for personal use. We also have a ROKU at the house for our TV and can access Pandora from there as well. It works well for me because I can find the music I like and it is simple. I don't have the time or the desire to pick play lists.

    Dave, I appreciate your post. It must be tough out there with all the free stuff available. Personally I love Pandora. It's $5 a month and commercial free. There are unlimited stations. I access through my phone for personal use. We also have a ROKU at the house for our TV and can access Pandora from there as well. It works well for me because I can find the music I like and it is simple. I don't have the time or the desire to pick play lists.

  • Nolan McKelvey

    Nolan McKelvey Arizona

    Great question, DD. I look forward to seeing some of these responses.

    Great question, DD. I look forward to seeing some of these responses.

  • Josh

    Josh Sparks

    I love the convenience of my I-pod, which at this point is basically out dated tech. It is much better than the 30-40 cassettes/300 CDs I used to have to tote. I don't use the apps u site because I want "my" music. I also still want a hard copy as well, which are generally CDs. That means I'm very dependent on Apple services and devices, and I don't like that. It does however, allow me to import CDs and have them in one place, my iPod. i still want something I can hold in my hand and look at, even if it is a sleeve with a date on it. I know this probably doesn't help and that I am old fashioned in general when it comes to technology, but there's my 2 cents.

    I love the convenience of my I-pod, which at this point is basically out dated tech. It is much better than the 30-40 cassettes/300 CDs I used to have to tote. I don't use the apps u site because I want "my" music. I also still want a hard copy as well, which are generally CDs. That means I'm very dependent on Apple services and devices, and I don't like that. It does however, allow me to import CDs and have them in one place, my iPod. i still want something I can hold in my hand and look at, even if it is a sleeve with a date on it. I know this probably doesn't help and that I am old fashioned in general when it comes to technology, but there's my 2 cents.

  • Dave Desmelik

    Dave Desmelik

    Thank you for the responses... this is important information and I appreciate the feedback a ton!

    Thank you for the responses... this is important information and I appreciate the feedback a ton!

  • Trinity

    Trinity Boone

    I do use spotify for a lot of music, but for smaller local artists like you I find it better to buy a physical copy (CD or vinyl) and copy it to my phone so I can have it with me all the time. I can't be taking so much advantage of real original artists as I do of more mainstream music acts.

    I do use spotify for a lot of music, but for smaller local artists like you I find it better to buy a physical copy (CD or vinyl) and copy it to my phone so I can have it with me all the time. I can't be taking so much advantage of real original artists as I do of more mainstream music acts.

  • Dave Desmelik

    Dave Desmelik

    Thanks everyone.

    Thanks everyone.

  • Kelsey

    Kelsey Brevard

    98% of my music is streamed from Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, and Spotify. Creating a station from an artist I like gives me exposure to other artists in that music genre. When I do purchase music, I buy artists albums through Amazon's Digital Music Library. I am an Amazon prime member so I usually get discounts and other streaming benefits if I listen/purchase music through Amazon.

    98% of my music is streamed from Pandora, Amazon Music, Google Play Music, and Spotify. Creating a station from an artist I like gives me exposure to other artists in that music genre. When I do purchase music, I buy artists albums through Amazon's Digital Music Library. I am an Amazon prime member so I usually get discounts and other streaming benefits if I listen/purchase music through Amazon.

  • Dave Desmelik

    Dave Desmelik

    good info.

    good info.

  • Chase

    Chase Jacksonville, Fl

    Hey Dave, here's how the process generally goes for me: if I hear some music I like, I'll listen to whatever I can find for free as a preview. I use bandcamp a lot to preview artists a lot. If I like it, I'll generally buy a digital download. If I REALLY like it, I'll purchase vinyl with the download. I really like having artwork and sleeve with albums I love, but it I've gone away from cd's. Most of my actual listening is of the digital variety, even if I have the vinyl, for the simplicity and portability.

    Hey Dave, here's how the process generally goes for me: if I hear some music I like, I'll listen to whatever I can find for free as a preview. I use bandcamp a lot to preview artists a lot. If I like it, I'll generally buy a digital download. If I REALLY like it, I'll purchase vinyl with the download. I really like having artwork and sleeve with albums I love, but it I've gone away from cd's. Most of my actual listening is of the digital variety, even if I have the vinyl, for the simplicity and portability.

  • Dave Desmelik

    Dave Desmelik

    Thanks Chase! Good info to know!

    Thanks Chase! Good info to know!

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