Nothing new under the sun: music subscription services go way back

In a recent post on her Spooky & the Metronome blog, musicologist Deirdre Loughridge takes a look at present-day music-streaming services such as Rdio, Spotify, and the recently launched Apple Music and compares them with a historical antecedent: subscription-based libraries of musical scores. Particularly striking are the criticisms, both historical and present-day, that she quotes. Can you guess whether “music snacking” is an old or a new complaint about those who go restlessly from one piece to the next, never dwelling for long on anything? See her post to find out.

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