Have you changed how you listen to music?

“YouTube is preparing a premium on-demand music service — akin to a Spotify, but with video — to launch later this year, according to several sources familiar with the plans,” writes Alex Pham for Billboard.

The service, designed with mobile listening in mind, will have a free component and a premium tier that offers unlimited access to a full catalog of tracks similar to what’s already available via YouTube’s parent company, Google Inc., via its All Access subscription music service. Premium features would include the ability to cache music for offline listening and removing ads.

Today’s Question: Have you changed how you listen to music?

  • Joe Duea

    I don’t know if I can say I changed the way I LISTEN to music but I did change where I went to hear NEW music. It used to be all from radio, then when radio became monotonous and didn’t offer very many new things I would look for it sometimes on television shows or video channels back when they used to play videos. Ever since 89.3 The Current began it has become the source I listen to daily to hear new music.

  • Jim G

    I used to whistle J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto # 3 as I walked to classes at the University of Minnesota back in the day. Over the years I have switched from 8 track to cassette, then to CD, then to an MP3 player which was worthless. We now have a Ipod with a play list that connects wirelessly with the Subaru’s sound system. I loaded the Brandenburg Concertos onto my smartphone and listen as I exercise at the community center. They were getting complaints about the whistling.

  • Josh

    I use a combination of two different sources. Obviously The Current. I take music I like from there and stream the full albums using Google Play Music All Access. I also stick to my favorites using the Google streaming service. I do pay attention to the local scene too, and go to at least one show a month. This month…Soul Coughing.

  • shyestviolet

    We’re a nearly all-Spotify home. In addition to listening to the Current’s Chart Show playlist (more Current playlists, please!), we have playlists for my daughter with kiddo-friendly music, and multiple playlists of our own. I love investigating what musicians I like listen to, or people who like the same music I do.

    10 years ago, I had cases and cases of CDs–they were the first thing I’d have reached for if there was a fire. Five years ago, I had a full iTunes library, and my hard drive was my most prized possession. Today, I rarely touch either, which would’ve shocked the me of 10 years ago. Online, all the time–and happier for it.

  • Starquest

    iPhone, Winamp, Technics turntable. Mostly my own collection. I use Pandora for dinner music and YouTube for obscure stuff. We also listen to Frisky Radio (they have their own app) and SomaFM via Winamp and the Shoutcast app.

    I do occasionally turn on the Current in the car; they have introduced me to a lot of good new artists. But 90% of what they play is pretty mediocre, whiny alt rock. They have this obsession with local bands, even when they’re no good. I frankly don’t care where a band’s from. Good music is good music, no matter where it’s made.

  • JQP

    No man … I still use my ears.

    • Mary

      My reaction exactly!

  • Eric from Mpls

    I have definitely changed how I listen to music. From cassettes and LPs to CDs, to ripped CDs to all digital purchases for formats. I still don’t like streaming and Spotify-like services. I used to listen to music on big stereos, boom boxes, and high-quality headphones. Now I listen on tinny little earbuds on a weak little music player. When I think to really listen to music, I’m often stunned by how much quality I’ve given up for convenience.

  • Gary F

    I listen to less and less on air radio every day. Settling into what they call Americana or Alt-County or as Billy Bragg calls it “Country music for Smiths Fans”. I do listen to Bill Deville on Sunday mornings on the Current, but really can’t stand the hip hop and alternative stuff of today. Not that I’m getting old and crusty, I do like Alabama Shakes and Vintage Trouble, bust most of my stuff hasgot a twang to it.

    Pandora, BIll Deville, Google Access, and friends is where I get my new music.

  • Marsha

    I accidentally found choral stream and I am hooked!

  • Maggie

    I’m taking a music class. In order to learn the songs, we can listen and view the artists on YouTube.

  • Toni

    I remember my first album I ever received was Cindy Lauper’s True Colors in the mid 80’s. Then it was tapes all the way through high school. I started buying C.D.’s in the late 90’s. That turned into me putting them on my computer to listen to and make mixed CD’s.. (Napster). If you were lucky enough I would put them in your annual Christmas card. Now and days I enjoy Pandora at work, home and car. I occasionally listen to The Current via live stream to keep me in touch with new music and what’s going on in the cities. If there is a song that I REALLY have to hear now, I will look it up on Youtube.

  • Cosmos

    I gave up listening to music for a few years when my stereo speakers died. Over the years I have purchased only 2-3 new albums (tapes, CDs) a year as I never had a ton of extra money. I got tired of local commercial radio, I couldn’t find a format I liked.

    In the interim, I listened to music I already owned.

    A few years ago I got a car with satellite radio, and I love it! I wish there was a station that had an eclectic mix, but I compensate by changing stations frequently. I listen to a wide variety: adult contemporary album, 80’s, country, broad way, classical, current, and other formats.

  • Mark Carter

    I have changed how I listen to music drastically over the years. I started out with shellac 78s and AM radio, then progressed to the LP, FM radio and then stereo LPs FM and reel to reel tapes. Cassettes were never really good enough, except for recording from the radio. The came SACD, DVD and Blu-Ray. Now I stream a lot.

    The biggest recent change is that I listen and watch. I’m now convinced that the marriage of HD video and HD audio is a huge advance. I have always built advanced high definition sound systems. I started buying opera on DVD and the Blu-Ray. The picture and audio on Blu-Ray is spectacular. Then I started buying orchestral music on Blu-Ray. Somewhat to my surprise I really enjoyed it. About a year ago I built an HTPC to evaluate what is available. I started with a subscription to BPO Digital Concert Hall. I was hooked right away and I have bought a season ticket for my second year. I also now have a subscription to Medici TV and Met Player.

    Unfortunately the US is really behind Europe in streaming quality. The MPR digital stream is not good enough to be enjoyable in my view. 120 kbs mp3 is nowhere near adequate for classical streams. I have a VPN tunnel now to get BBC TV and radio form the UK. The BBC classical broadcasts are 320 kbs AAC. The quality is far better then what you can get from FM radio under the best of circumstances. It is the same audio quality as DVD but lesser quality than CD, and especially SACD and Blu-Ray. However it is very good and I really enjoyed listening and watching this years Proms on BBC iPlayer.

    Some kind individuals have loaded some of the Proms onto YouTube in HD and they are very good. This shows great promise for YouTube’s subscription service they plan.

    The BBC have announced they want to start getting away form the license fee everyone in the UK who owns a TV is obliged to pay. They say they plan to have programs available on iPlayer for 30 days rather than 7. They also say that at the end of the 30 days, the programs will be available for purchase.

    So guys now is a really good time to get into to good flat panel TVs associated with a high end audio system. I can tell the rewards are enormous and enduring. I call it my “magic carpet!”

    All this leads to less and less time listening to FM radio. There are now more exciting things to entice around the world. To me I can now clearly see the curtain coming down on terrestrial broadcasting, both TV and radio.

  • shoefly

    I listen to music or Public Radio in the car. At home, sometimes I’ll put Pandora on when I’m in the mood to listen to a certain genre of music. At dinner, we’ll play our music on our iPod in docking station over stereo speakers. We don’t buy CDs any more, but download music on iTunes. We do use our 50 Cd changer sometimes if the CD hasn’t been downloaded on the iPod. We used to buy CDs, cassette tapes or albums. Listening to music on the car radio is something that I’ve been doing for 35 years. On a road trip, I’ll plug my iPod into my car radio & play music.