I’m waking up, I feel it in my bones
Enough to make my systems blow
Welcome to the new age, to the new age
The new age of music has surpassed MTV, CDs, most AM/FM radio, and mp3’s for the majority of us. For me, music videos are viewed exclusively via YouTube, my radio is streamed via Pandora, and I’ll say that I get my music off of iTunes, though we all know that’s not true.
As I said before, I am a media-escape-artist. Music is one of my biggest tools to do so. Whenever life starts happening, I plug in my headphones and pick the hardest rock station I have on Pandora. I let the screaming of the music drown out the screams of those around me. Although, when I was younger, YouTube was my source of free music (especially when I couldn’t get it on the radio). I would “like” all these music videos until I had enough for a playlist and then I would listen to it on repeat.
The truth is, I, like so many other college students, like whats cheap (or in my case, free). So while I hold to the truth that while music is my escape, I still don’t want to pay for it.
And neither do you it seems.
95% of music downloads in 2008 were illegal…40 billion songs were illegally downloaded…–http://drownedinsound.com/news/4136081-95-of-music-downloads-in-2008-were-illegal-dis-reacts-and-suggests-two-solutions [click here for more info]
But lets go back to Pandora. Pandora has been my digital escape for about three years now. Without it, I wouldn’t have as much knowledge of my arsenal of songs. The radio app is built on the Music Genome Project [Communication and Technology Update and Fundamentals] which is a “patented…algorithm that scans over 400 musical attributes of songs selected by users…”
So I’d like to end this with a short poll. How do you escape? Do you follow the trends and download your files? Are you a Pandora listener like me? Or do you still keep up with AM/FM radio stations? I wanna know!