In the digital deluge, what distinguishes one music streaming service from the other?
Music writer Randall Roberts delves into the features and perks that differentiate the big players in the streaming industry - Apple, Tidal, Spotify, Amazon.This article originally appeared on LA Times
A digital deluge of music. (Illustration by Michael Glenwood / For the Times)
This winter, hip-hop frontiersman Chance the Rapper made music history when he earned seven Grammy nominations for a release that is not available for purchase.
The Chicago artist issued his “Coloring Book” as a stream. That’s it. You couldn’t buy it if you wanted to.
His feat was the most recent indication of yet another seismic shift in online music retail. From instant downloads to all-you-can-stream plans, the state of digital music consumption has been in flux. Whether or not it receives trophies on Feb. 12, ”Coloring Book,” with its nominations, portends a new norm.
Streaming music on audio and video platforms now represents 38% of total audio consumption, according to Nielsen Music. That’s a jump from 23% in 2014...