Nearly 16 years ago, a little website called Napster hit the worldwide web, and nothing has been the same since. It was the birth of Napster that enhanced the digital music world we know and love (or loathe, depending on the circumstances) today.
Before Napster, the only way to access music was to purchase the album, cassette, or CD at your local music store, or attempt to cryptically download a single song off the internet, which took about 14 hours, if the download didn’t crash or fail on you.
After Napster, however, music was available to everyone all around the world with the click of a few buttons. It seems the world gave up on physical CDs and took to the web.
Well, there’s one group of music lovers that continues to buck the downloading trend.
According to a study conducted by Billboard Magazine and the Nielsen N-Scores, country music listeners are regularly purchasing physical music albums and CDs, eschewing the digital download world. In general, studies show that country music fans like to have a full listening experience and a physical connection with their music.
There are also suggested reasons why country music fans continue to purchase CDs, such as age demographic, practicality, and a general reliance on the older technology. But what is the biggest reason why country fans keep reaching for their CDs?
Country music fans have a connection with the artists in a way that no other musical genre has ever been able to replicate. It is because of this loyalty, the study suggests, that country fans will stand in lines and purchase a physical copy of a CD, as a show of solidarity and loyalty to the artists who created the music.
What do you think? Do you prefer CDs or digital downloads?
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