There’s Still Something Special About Listening to an Entire Album

There’s Still Something Special About Listening to an Entire Album

We live in the age of the playlist. Spotify, today's most important tastemaker for the discerning audiophile, is known not for its catalog of beloved albums or ability to accurately recommend esoteric ones but for its algorithmic generation of satisfying, customized playlists for each user. Pop stars are citing "the playlists [they] grew up with" [...]

Pop Noir: UPSAHL’s “Stressed” and the Failings of Apple Music

Pop Noir: UPSAHL’s “Stressed” and the Failings of Apple Music

Apple has a long and storied history of copying its competitors (and then pretending that's not what it's doing). Sticking to that business plan, since entering the streaming audio marketplace with Apple Music, the company has made a concentrated effort to mimic what it deems to be the most important aspects of the market leader, Spotify. [...]