According to research from BuzzAngle, 99% of music streaming comes from just 10% of songs (Streaming Data Source). Music listeners are settling for what streaming services feed them, which usually leaves out the smaller artists and the less popular content. This leads to a more passive music listening experience, which doesn’t necessarily translate to a better experience for fans nor artists.
A new research study from the University of Glasgow and the University of Oslo finds that streaming music might have a more negative impact on the environment than the days of vinyl, cassette, and cds. See the excerpt from the press release below:
“Dr Kyle Devine, an Associate Professor in Music from the University of Oslo, led the research on the environmental cost of recording formats, said: ‘From a plastic pollution perspective, the good news is that overall plastic production in the recording industry has diminished since the heyday of vinyl.
‘From a carbon emissions perspective, however, the transition towards streaming recorded music from internet-connected devices has resulted in significantly higher carbon emissions than at any previous point in the history of music.'”
Publisher and musician Damon Krukowski writes a really interesting piece for Pitchfork about the downsides of the music streaming business, and why listeners and artists alike should be concerned. How to be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streaming is a great article that tells us why it’s important to be conscious consumers of music.