@themisreadcity: Spotify is making you boring: When algorithms shape music taste, human curiosity loses

Despite some old-school comebacks like the rise in vinyl sales, we’re now in a very different world of music consumption than we were in at the turn of the century or before. Many younger music lovers have almost no experience with record stores, with independent radio stations, with music coverage in their local paper that ranges outside mega-selling acts. But, the cyber utopians tell us, the explosion of the web, of steaming services that include almost every song ever recorded, lead to all kinds of niche-listening, all kinds of previously overlooked types of music to thrive.

But getting people to listen to a wide range of music doesn’t seem to be happening, and it has consequences not just for musicians but for fans.

Read the post on Salon.

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