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With so many cities officially in self-isolation due to the coronavirus spread, we notice an odd downturn in music stream data.
It appears that the opposite is happening to music streaming platforms. Data compiled by Quartz hows that countries hit hardest by the CoronaVirus pandemic are streaming far less than expected. Spotify’s most popular songs are has seen its Top 200 streaming Spotify songs fall. According to the data for the past month have seen 18.3 million streams per day in February 2019. To 14.4 million since the quarantine began.
It did not stop there. There was another 23% drop in the top 200 streams on Tuesday, March 17th compared to Tuesday, March 3rd in the U.S music streaming charts. Platforms in the countries affected by the pandemic seem to give us a hint that even though self-isolation has been demanded and often opposed by many the one thing we assumed would have found a spike in did not happen. Quartz’s hypothesis on the odd turn of events is that popular days for streaming currently do not exist. Our Fridays and Saturdays is a rarity for most right now. Where people might find themselves in large crowds at bars, the gym, retail shopping is merely an impossibility. It’s also possible that the drop in people commuting and going to and from work has contributed to the fall in numbers.
In summary, the activities that we often occupy ourselves with music have been drastically reduced. But it is no reason we should not take the opportunity to discover new artists on and off streaming platforms in our time well spent self-isolated.
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