Thanks for the feedback. I believe we asked about institutional Spotify accounts before and were told no, but it's worth another try. Agreed about having born digital users contribute to the project. My Gen-X old school analog tendencies disqualify me from adding a true 21st century perspective. So, in that spirit, if you are reading this and have a born-digital perspective to add to this project, please let me know ([log in to unmask]).
On May 18, 2014, at 9:00 PM, ARSCLIST automatic digest system wrote:
> Date: Sun, 18 May 2014 07:10:08 -0400
> From: Tom Fine <[log in to unmask]>
> Subject: Re: Future of CDs
> Hi John:
> I'm wondering if there is a scenario where, at about the same budget level as current CD-purchasing,
> libraries can gain arrangements with something like Spotify so a patron logs in using their library
> username and password and gets a certain amount of access -- perhaps not all they can eat but
> perhaps a certain number of hours per month. There is a download system called Freegal, of which I'm
> sure you're aware. They have it in both my home and work public library systems, but the selection
> is mostly Sony-only and patrons are limited to 3 downloads per week so it's not terribly practical
> as far as variety and building a collection of legal downloads. However, my attitude to Freegal is,
> well I probably wouldn't buy some or most of the music I get that way through retail channels, but
> some of it turns out in frequent rotation, so I am grateful to my library for offering the service.
> There may be a generation of library patrons coming up who don't want to look through shelves of CDs
> and would much rather prefer to use their computer to borrow whatever music or video they desire. I
> hope you have some 20-something "born digital" folks on your committee, because they are the library
> users of the coming decades. The Boomers are now fading, and me and my Gen-X mates aren't far behind
> them. "The Kids" seem to have very different media consumption habits, and a forward-looking library
> must take that into account, in my opinion. Otherwise, its enthusiastic supporters and those who see
> to its funding will die off and it will fade away.
> -- Tom