The Future of Music

One thing I found when I was at Microsoft is that my work had affected a shift in focus in regards to technology. Because new things ALWAYS have security problems, my work as a security person really made me incredibly conservative and risk averse as regards new technology.

In fact, I would joke when people would ask me if I was playing with something new that I don’t learn about a new technology until I have to patch it.

I’ve been making a point to roll that back and play with technology once again. To find that sense of play and wonder that I used to have.

One area I’ve been doing that in is in regards to music. And so I’ve been playing more and more with online music services. Pandora, Last.fm, and now Spotify.

I’m still learning what each does best, but I do have to say that I think we’re reaching a tipping point where the future of music is primarily in the form of online subscriptions rather than “owning” music.

Anyone that knows me knows that’s a huge thing for me to say. I’ve generally been of the “I want my own copy” school of thought. And there’s definitely a place for that still with rare and hard to find pieces.

But, with all of these options, it’s hard for me to see myself “buying” a CD or MP3 of something that’s widely available.

Another thing I’m finding about this new trend is the ability to find new and interesting music. Both Pandora and Last.fm in particular have models that help support that.

It’s interesting to see how this will continue to develop.