THE unlimited availability of free music means that an album will not change how you see the world for more than a day.
Researchers at the Institute for Studies found that falling musical attention spans meant that even the most remarkable records are a bit stale after 24 hours.
26-year-old music fan Nikki Hollis said: “Hearing The Queen is Dead for the first time, I didn’t feel alone in the world any more. I connected with it on a profound level.
“Anyway that was yesterday. I might listen to it for a second time at some point but I’ve got to crack through Spotify like the pop cultural equivalent of a a machete-wielding jungle explorer.
“It’s not how much you invest in a thing, it’s how many things you invest in.”
iTunes user Bill McKay said: “I’m so deluged with music I can’t tell whether I prefer Revolver, Purple Rain or the funkypigeon.com jingle.
“Also I really like the jangly guitar music used to promote touch screen technology with a mid-range price point.
“I guess I feel the same about all music. My iTunes playlist is longer than War and Peace – I’ve barely got time to listen to this stuff, leave alone think about it.”