Remember Mix CDs? Those things that replaced Mix Tapes because damn it if it wasn't a lot easier putting 20 songs in an iTunes playlist and hitting the "Burn" button?
Well, streaming Playlists are just like Mix CDs—except they're, like, super-evolved and totally on steroids. Oh look, here come some now…
Because anyone can save anyone's playlist for offline listening (I use Spotify until someone—ahem, Bandcamp—can come up with a better/fairer streaming platform), passing along a good playlist can be the equivalent of a friend burning you a sweet multi-disc Mix CD. But instead of lugging around a folder of scratched silver discs, now we can just plug our phone in to the stereo and avoid whatever repeated hits they're playing in between the commercials on mainstream radio these days. That's an improvement.
Say what you will about the broken economics of the current streaming takeover, but the ability for friends and strangers to make and share mixes of their favourite music / themes is not where the problem lies.
The world needs more human-generated shit and a hand-picked playlist done right (like the kind you'll find on this site) beats the hell out of those computer and payola generated corporate versions on the platform home pages. So if you hear something like while checking out the Mix CDs on this site, hit the follow / subscribe buttons and tell a friend to do the same.