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By Marissa Chen
It’s been nearly two decades since the introduction of the very first iPod, but most of us would be hard-pressed to recall the time before the MP3 stopped being a fad and became the de facto audio format. The arrival of YouTube in 2005 further cemented the decline of the “tangibles” that had up to then propelled the music industry – the Walkman, album art, radio shows and that most tactile souvenir of adolescence, the mix-tape.
While creating your own playlists is still a basic feature of streaming services like Spotify, curating your music collection has been all but revolutionized. Gone are the days of cramming 20 tracks onto a single CD-R. The streaming economy was built on the promise of limitless access at the fraction of the price of an LP.
As of May 2014, over 1.5 billion playlists have been uploaded to Spotify, with at least 5 million being created or edited every day. Making and taking song recommendations has never been easier, or more overwhelming.