“Listen sonny, buy the sodding music paper, or bugger off…”
In the old days it was simple. It was called Napster. We went bonkers for it at NME.COM. Admittedly, it’s all a bit odd thinking back. Our downloads lived on our desktops. MP3 players were woefully short on memory and weepingly expensive. And iPods were still a twinkle in Apple’s eye.
Still, didn’t stop us scouring daily for leaked albums of which we turned up a fair few. If I remember correctly, we compiled ‘Kid A’ from live tracks, and then snagged the studio album, both very much upfront of release. Happy days.
Anyway, Stuart Dredge – off of Shiny Media’s very fine Tech Digest – peers into the murk and sums up digital music 2008 all very neatly in his piece on 30 Trends in Digital Music.
Thought you might like a read. Especially, 15: MP3 blogs cause a stir, in which he flags up little Louis Patterson’s piece from The Guardian last year in which… well, see for yourselves.
Back to the old days (and I’m only talking late 80s/early 90s), you’d read about great music in four weekly music publications (NME, MM, Sounds and Record Mirror) – I could only afford one, so each week I’d make half an hour to pour over them in the newsy before deciding which one to spend my cash on.
Then you’d have to listen to Peel from start to finish each night in the hope he’d play some of the stuff you’d read about. And some of the stuff he’d play, that you’d read about, you’d buy. And tape for your mate. So what’s changed?
MP3 blogs are the new Peel. And while you’re listening, you can read too. No longer am I stood, Wednesday morning, in the newsy on Sharrowvale Road, Sheffield, agonising. Now I’m at my laptop, MP3s churning, streaming, downloading, emailing, and they’re all surrounded by people writing about music again.
See, everything the press writes about is already out there waiting. All they do is tell you what they think is best. And that’s all Peel used to do. Play what he liked best.
The only people moaning about MP3 blogs are people who can’t figure out how to use them to their advantage. The same lot who got stung by MTV, swore never again and then promptly got stung again by the internet while they were too busy watching their backs.
Best not get me started. Read Louis’ piece though. Goes without saying, he’s wrong.