Classical music is generally (though not always) written in movements: Collections of smaller compositions, each quite different in emotion and impact, are juxtaposed together into one larger work. But in every instance, on all the streaming services, one track equals one movement, so I find myself skidding along from emotion to emotion, missing larger compositional arcs. What’s on offer is bleeding chunks of music that are missing the rest of their limbs. (And if I buy a symphony or other long work to download, by the way, I’ll have to pay for each movement individually, or else buy the whole album.)
This is a pretty timely post, especially with the announcement today about Apple’s upcoming music service. Because of the movements, the problems of search and metadata, and the challenges of choosing a good playlist, I’m not really interested in paying for any music service.