@Lemmy i'd like to add that it's probably not as easy as saying "just use platform x". what i like about funkwhale is that my listening experience isn't "optimized" according to interests which aren't mine. it's rather built along principles with which i can identify, which are those of the fediverse.

@computersandblues Agreed. I also find it interesting, as hinted at in the original article, that it seems more difficult to 'commit' to new music which only exists for the listener in digital form. Something about the abundance of content in Spotify et al seems to reduce the value of individual albums.

Is it the physicality of artefacts that make us commit to listening to a vinyl or CD album more? Their presence in our presence? Or the idea of ownership of the music, because we own the artefact?

@computersandblues It would be nice to think we don't need to have a sense of ownership or of economic value/investment, in order to feel a strong enough connection to music to listen to it carefully and repeatedly.

It doesn't seem to be a problem with individual tracks, but it is with albums. I think it is an economy of attention.

@Lemmy i understand that impression, but i think it's a wrong trace. i don't think its digital form per se, rather that digital form enables a certain kind of quantification and cheap supply which are the basis of the playlists of never-ending streaming muzak. i engage with music recommended by someone i know regardless of whether it's a link or a vinyl they gave me.

@Lemmy As someone who has never used music streaming, this was an interesting read.

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