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Old 04-09-2013, 14:10
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Growing up in a family of musicians I know just how hard it is to learn to play to a decent standard. Musicians usually appreciate listening to other people perform and this applies to recordings too.

When I get my Dad a CD that he asks for he listens to it all through then after a second listen starts to understand it better. Even though I am not skilled enough to play music myself I do the same. On most albums there is a pattern to the tracks and the start and finish tracks are selected to set you up for what is to come and finish well.

But with instant access to tracks and random playing, skipping and mixed up artists the music is really being diluted I think. Even reading the cover notes and lyrics adds to the enjoyment.

What is your view? Does having access to all tracks on the internet and mobile devices give you more music pleasure or does spending time with one CD or tape do it for you?
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Old 04-09-2013, 18:51
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This should be in the Music forum...
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Old 04-09-2013, 19:42
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I agree that picking out a CD from a rack, and having it as a 'thing', cover notes and album art is a more absorbing experience than clicking a couple of times and just listening to it.

I do still buy albums digitally as a whole though rather than just select tracks, and, certainly for the first few listens will play it in order. Even narratively it doesn't make sense to play in shuffle - stuff like Strickland Banks or A Grand Don't Come For Free
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