The psychology of streaming : exploring music listeners’ motivations to favour access over ownership
Luck, G. (2016). The psychology of streaming : exploring music listeners’ motivations to favour access over ownership. International Journal of Music Business Research, 5 (2), 46-61. Retrieved from https://musicbusinessresearch.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/volume-5-no-...
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© Luck & International Association of Music Business Research, 2016. This is an open access article published by International Association of Music Business Research.
Digital streaming represents the most radical development in the way we experience music since the invention of automatic playback technologies two centuries ago. From zero ownership and on-demand access to a virtually limitless library of music via a disconnected financial transaction, streaming services challenge previous conceptions of how music is defined, experienced and consumed. This paper explores streaming from a psychological perspective, and highlights a range of factors that motivate users to favour access over ownership. From removal of responsibilities of ownership to enhanced discovery, nostalgia-fulfilment to augmented emotional engagement, adoption of access-based consumption is shown to be both driven by, and have multiple positive effects on listeners' psychological functioning. The paper concludes by examining some implications of the issues discussed for each of the three pillars of the streaming industry — listeners, content-creators and service providers — for enhancing the musical experience, growing revenues, and maximising overall potential for engagement with and through music. ...
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