In my post last week, I decided to go in a different direction in terms of my research. I had a look into the music industry itself in Thailand, and was surprised about how different things were there compared to how music is distributed here in Australia – and how I am generally used to things happening in a certain way!
This was enlightening, as previously I haven’t felt too engaged in my research. Sure, it was interesting because of the passion I have for music in general, but I simply wasn’t feeling as absorbed as I could be in looking into different Thai artists.
This has been completely changed however, with my research into the industry! I find this so much more fascinating, and there are countless sub-topics that I can choose to explore for the remainder of the blogging tasks, as well as my final research project for this class.
This week I’m going to take a further look into the access the public has to music in Thailand, through platforms such as digital media and music streaming, as well as comparing this to how we do things in Australia.
As I know from my research last week, the people of Thailand have little to no access to Western music apps such as Spotify, which was troubling to me due to how much faith I put into this app personally – I use it at least once every day, and it contains all my personal playlists! Although with that being said, Spotify can be downloaded, although the prices over there are a lot higher than here, and have no option for a foreign payment – which makes it difficult for Thai citizens to access Spotify, unless they hold a American or Australian currency bank card. There are a few different apps that are available as replacements.
For instance, I looked into an online-based app called Jango Radio that allows users to stream music in the form of radio.
Personally, I perceived the site to be a little basic compared to alternatives such as Spotify and Pandora – it had an online ‘virus-y’ look about it, which made me a little wary to deeply delve into the workings of the site.
It also carries limitations that I have not experienced before – users are only able to add one song per day to a playlist, which does not give much freedom at all. I also discovered Jango Radio through an article that provided a list of all the best music streaming apps for listeners located in Thailand – this is interesting to note, due to the fact that the main page (shown above) only features Western artists.
This research further added to deductions I have made about the music industry in Thailand, concerning the high rate of piracy in this particular nation. If the illegal method is the easiest presented to listeners, then this is the path that they will travel.