For the past couple of days or so, I have been listening to music from radio stations around the world on radio.garden, whenever I'm working or studying.
The reason why I chose this over Youtube or my offline music collection is broken down into 6 parts:
- I listened to songs I know and love. When I'm clicking on a radio station, I always know what to expect from the description or station name. Meanwhile if I turned into my Youtube collection, where it's just a bunch of random music, I never know if it's gonna play low-quality Rasputin or a banger phonk song while I'm studying.
- Radio stations are like subreddits. You can find one for just about everything. If you want to listen to music from records that spins at 78 RPM from the late 1800s to the 1950s, you can. If you want to listen music from one of the world's northernmost inhabited areas, well, you can too. The thing is, no matter how obscure what you are looking for, there's almoat always a station just for it.
- I never know what's playing next. If I listen to music on my Youtube collection, I can always knew what will be playing next (at least on mobile), and even if I do it on computer, the algorithm isn't exactly random. But on radio stations, it is truly random. I never know what's going to play next, or if I will enjoy it. I just know it's something I will expect from them. Yes, stations still replay music every once in a while, but at least it is not trying to appeal to me.
- I discovered new songs. Every time I'm listening to a song on a certain station and found the song to be great, I often used my trusty Shazam to identify it. Radio stations has helped me discovered new songs that I liked and added them imto my music collection.
- It's good for your privacy. With services like Spotify and Youtube, you run into the risk of data mining and megacorps selling your data for advertising companies. Meanwhile radio stations doesn't collect your data, and their advertisements only came in form of sponsorships.
- It's easy. You don't have to sign up and log in and search to start listening to music. With radio, just tune in on a station you liked and you are set.
So yeah, that's why I listened to radio stations, and why you should, too.
This post is a cross-post from my personal blog. Check it out too!