Internet Friends

18: For the Olds



December 5th, 2018  •  1 hr 9 mins  •  Download (32.3 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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For a lot of folks of Jon and Drew’s generation, the origin story of getting into computers and the internet started with music. In the iPod era, people started building music libraries on their computers that grew to thousands of songs, and the internet was essential for discovering, sharing, and acquiring music. Some people — okay, maybe just Jon — still listen to music this way. Most people are just paying for streaming services now. Is there a right or wrong way to listen to music? Why does music matter so much? Is it different from other media that way? Will these ways of listening go on into the future, and if not, what will change? What will that mean for artists, and therefore for the music?