Streaming music is changing the way songs are written

Streaming music is changing the way songs are written

Your new favorite songs are getting shorter.

Streaming music platforms are changing the music industry. They’re measuring success through new metrics- and that’s changing the way musicians are making music.

Quartz News logs on and tunes in to find out what streaming means for the future of music.

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Comment (21)

  1. To those who lament songs being shorter and everything being a lot more singles-driven, I mean, this isn't actually new. For most of the history of recorded music, songs were usually just 2 minutes or so seconds tops (listen to old Motown, Phil Spector, Beatles, doo wop songs on any rock n roll Oldies station etc.) Especially before the 1970s. For instance, Diana Ross & the Supreme's "Stop! In The Name of Love" (1965) is 2 minutes and 56 seconds and follows the Chorus-first formula that this video covers.

    "Long songs" was also just a way to MARKET EPs and LPS and longform record players back in the 1960s and 70s. Mick Jagger even said that the record company would make money just by switching formats every generation to sell the same music over and over again (vinyl, switched to 8 tracks, switched to cassettes to compact disc, mp3 etc etc etc) just a way to generate revenue for the equipment makers (Panasonic, Sony, RCA, Zenith, etc) and the record companies. It wasn't about getting artists money when you bought an album or single. Artists rarely made money off their recorded music, the record companies did. It's never purely been only about the music. Great songs have come out, but short songs have always existed.

    I prefer this current format compared to back in the 1990s when you bought USED CDs (and the artist got ZERO money off the resale) or buying CDs for $19.99 and only 20-30% of the album actually being listenable. And the albums, singles and physical music would just clutter your house.

    Also the power is more in the hands of the artists to create their own destinies more and more. And same for the fans, you get more and more of what you want to hear right away.

  2. Adding to the fact 60 songs earn more than a 60 min song, the chances of getting one of those songs in a spotify playlist is higher than the chance of one single song. I hate how true this is

  3. Many artists find cleaver and creative ways on how to adapt to technology or business limitations.
    I’m seeing concept albums based on thirty seconds tracks that build a whole huge musical experience of songs that are made of the union of those short tracks.
    That would be cool… and probably profitable.

  4. Well just look at XXXTentacion's posthumous albums on Spotify. Each has like 20 songs with 2 minutes each. People trying to cash out while he's still famous…

  5. Soon, I predict that songs are going to be as short as the one in the Scott Pilgrim scene. The one about being sad. Also, this video came into my feed at the right time too. Was curious about this topic for a while too. Overall, a great video.

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