…much if not indeed most of the material that justifies the existence of the app in the first place. And if this means that Spotify eats itself, or sets itself on fire and expires in a grand puff of virtue that would be just fine by me. I dislike it and its ilk and I think it’s far better to hang on to and curate your collection yourself rather than trusting a third party to decide what is and is not “okay” for you to listen to. I’ve got no use for any of that, and if they want to jump off a cliff, great.
I’m confused about the conceptual distinction here. Is the problem that Spotify obviates the need (in the eyes of many at least) of a physical record collection? Or that the subscription model means you don’t “own” your music? If the former, why does physical matter? If the latter, does this mean we should also buy DVDs or not go to public libraries?
Then on the curation side, you can of course curate your own collection on Spotify, building your own library and playlists. The algorithms are more for discovery purposes, and in that role, how are they different from, say, listening to a college radio station to find out about new artists, or reading a review in MRR and checking out the band?
I get that them removing “problematic” artists is a problem, but it sounds like you had these criticisms of Spotify before they began doing that.