12 Spotify Facts To Stream Into Our Brains
Swedish streaming giant Spotify has been in the public eye for a myriad of controversies, from the exodus of musicians over Joe Rogan’s COVID-19 misinformation to its much maligned artist payment methods, but the company’s history is as verified as its extensive artist catalog. Despite the prevalence of streaming music (and streaming EVERYthing, really) today, it's easy to forget that this was far from the dominant form of accessing music even relatively recently. In the before times, when home internet dripped slowly through physical pipes and tubes, streaming wasn't even an option, and even when internet speeds caught up to demand most people downloaded copies of albums and movies to play locally off their computer. Enter: Napster. Yes, it was sailing the high seas that brought the idea of moving music over the internet into the public consciousness.
Let’s take a look at some of the successes and misfires of the controversial company.