Music Has Been Reduced To A Set Of Flow Charts.
"Listening to music has historically made people feel free and let us revel in our subjectivity. By contrast, listening to Pandora makes you feel predictable. The first few times I tried Pandora and heard the new songs derived from my old songs, as clone puppies might be derived from a dead dog, I lost my fighting spirit."
My path through this human civilization, my choices of things to like and not like, a path that I believed was defined by weird twists and turns and that had taken everything I had to blaze, could have been charted by a robot. This spirit-loss has been a problem with the musical experience since the advent of the MP3 in the 1990s…" - Virginia Heffernan, NYT (Read on.)