As I type this in my office, I’m listening to classic 1980s tracks by George Thorogood and The Destroyers. That’s not so unusual I guess in this era of Spotify, Apple Music, Tidal and other streaming services where we can listen to whatever we want whenever we want. But every 20 or 30 minutes I have to get and turn the record over. Returning to the world of vinyl records has not only taken me on a journey into history but it offers a much richer way of listening and really enjoying music.
It wasn’t that long ago that Netflix transformed our expectations of how we access TV series and movies. In the old days, we’d watch TV shows and movies when deals made between studios, cinemas and TV networks allowed it. But today we have access to a vast array of content, new and old, that keeps us entertained anywhere and at any time. But while Netflix led the way, killing the humble video store along the way, it’s now facing its own challenge as old incumbents that looked like like lumbering dinosaurs are about to stomp Netflix.