Recently, and increasingly, my musical world has been split in two. There's the old music, the stuff I've bought and paid for probably many times over. The stuff they're still trying to charge me for again and again -- most recently with subscription services like Spotify, Deezer or Rdio. I love that music and damn it, I'll probably be paying the labels for access to it for a long time to come.
Then there's the new music. Music that's discovered, distributed, shared and often purchased online. Sometimes directly from the artist (which works well for new material from established acts, such as Radiohead or Nine Inch Nails), and sometimes discovered through sites such as SoundCloud, Ex.fm, Mixlr and Bandcamp.
It's really great to see this new breed of music distribution and discovery sites appear online, and seemingly doing quite well. I've certainly grown to love and rely on them.
June 8th 2012