Monday, 10 February 2014

The Disappearing Acts


I noticed something strange with my Spotify playlists the other day. Looking over them at a glance, I could not avoid noting several of them claiming to be empty. Now, what business do I have creating empty playlists? When time allowed I had a deeper look.
Turned out almost all of the Israeli music I had “collected” through Spotify is gone. Vanished into thin air. Metropolin? Gone. Mashina? Gone. Ninet? Who's that? Tamouz? Disappeared like a fart in the wind. Even Shlomo Artzi decided to pretend he was never on Spotify.
This is not exactly a new phenomenon. A few months ago some Doors albums I liked to listen to vanished, then made a comeback in slightly different albums (which meant I had to redo my playlists), then disappeared again as the old albums came back. It’s all happening, I tell you.

I suspect this is not a Spotify issue but rather one caused by record companies. Which brings me to say I really can’t say I understand what goes on in the minds of those record companies. Do they seriously expect me to now say “mmm, with my Spotify collections all gone, I better off rush into my nearest record store and buy this music”?
Well, no. And for reference, bit torrent does not have this problem: its music never disappears.
If the record companies want us to go down the legal path, they better join the game. It started a decade and a half ago, and it is not going to end any time soon.

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