I’ll make this short and sweet. For several generations of Rock fans and especially the first generation, streaming services provide a valuable service. I won’t be getting into the royalty aspects of the services because it’s a different “song” to this article.
As we grew into Rock, we developed Peaches Records crates of favored bands. One of the roadblocks that we encountered was that physical media was all we had…and that cost money. As a result, we depended on radio (AM/FM) to give us as much as we could handle. Magazine print filled in the rest with suggestions. Nevertheless, many bands did not push through because there weren’t enough push to get them better interest.
Personally – and I think this applies to many – I couldn’t buy as many albums as I wanted to and I bought a lot…into the thousands. (That’s a lot of mown grass in several neighborhoods. If I wanted an album, I mowed grass and shoveled snow.) Nevertheless there were many bands that I had an interest in but could not afford the album, either because of being pushed out in favor of another, or not enough actual cash.
But now, with the arrival of streaming services, I have access to many of those that was I was unable to explore more deeply. And herein lies the reason that we should be thankful for streaming services, especially the HD ones, we can go back and relive our youth. Here we are, wanting opportunities to do it all over again. Streaming services allow us that opportunity. We can now listen to many bands that we were not able to during our youth, often in better than CD quality.
Weekly, I allow myself the opportunity to revisit a band I had to ignore. If I like what I heard, it gives me further opportunity to dive in deeper, and even to purchase CDs and LPs. Call it an effort. But it’s a pleasant effort.
I’ve not given up on collecting. Whether that be old vinyl, new vinyl, CD reissues, box sets, and such. But with streaming, I get to catch up and listen to bands I’ve never given too great of attention “back in the day”.