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  • Writer's pictureKhaled Al-Kulaib

The Streaming Shift: Music's New Beat




Songs have undergone a transformation, becoming notably shorter in duration. This shift can be attributed to Spotify's algorithm, which elevates tracks that aren't skipped within the initial 30 seconds (known as the skip rate) and those listened to until the very end (the finish rate). Consequently, artists have strategically placed the most captivating segments of their songs at the beginning. This trend has also led them to compact the endings of their tracks, aiming to keep listeners engaged until the very last note, discouraging premature skips.


This evolution in song structure is a testament to how streaming platforms like Spotify are reshaping the very composition of music. With algorithms influencing artists to captivate listeners swiftly and retain their attention until the song's conclusion, the traditional art of musical storytelling is adapting to fit the demands of the digital age. As a result, musicians are exploring innovative ways to craft compelling narratives within condensed timeframes, marking a significant shift in the landscape of music creation and consumption.




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