See Spotify run

Pretty much all of this Bob Lefsetz rumbling about, or orthogonal to, Spotify, is wrong, but some parts of it are wronger than others. For instance:

LPs … 1964, the advent of the Beatles, to 1982, the advent of the CD.

The CD … 1982 to 2000, when usurped by the MP3.

MP3s? By 2018 they’re HISTORY!

Like each of those points represents a major discontinuity. CD players in 1982 were a thousand bucks apiece, and actual CDs, when you could find them, were close to $20; it would be years before they made a serious dent in vinyl.

The LP, incidentally, dates to that year of years, 1948, and while it’s strictly a niche market today, it’s still here, 66 years later. A lot of eighteens have gone by.

The only problem we have today is everyone’s got a voice, and those who don’t win complain, whereas we didn’t used to hear from them. Ignore them. Focus on the winners. Spread the word about them. And know that if your identity is based on liking something no one else does, chances are you’re going to live a very lonely life.

Yeah, it’s a tragedy I’m not lapping up those [name of overblown pop star] tracks. Sucks to be me.

(Via Hit Coffee.)


  1. backwoods conservative »

    2 October 2014 · 9:00 pm

    He didn’t even mention the greatest musical invention of the all, the 8 track tape.

  2. Roger Green »

    2 October 2014 · 9:39 pm

    CDs weren’t king until the late ’80s or early ’90s, and MP3s certainly reign in 2000. I’d look it up except RIAA now charges for info they used to give away.

  3. McGehee »

    3 October 2014 · 7:56 am

    Technological change has never been on a regular schedule anyway. His attempt to make out as if it has, renders his entire argument invalid — even before the Nazis show up riding dinosaurs.

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