In today's day and age, I still think Conventional AM FM Radio is still the best
Really? I think today's AM and FM stations are terrible. There is too much advertising, too much corporate influence, too much government bureaucratic interference, not enough variety because playlists are prepackaged and too short, too much emphasis on singles and big name groups, too much syndicated programming and the DJs are generally bland and inexperienced. You have to listen to what the program director thinks is the lowest common denominator for the intended audience when he/she decides to play it or what they are forced to play by the government, advertisers and management. Modern AM and FM radio is designed for advertisers first. Audiences are a distant consideration. Need I go on.
Compared to buying CDs, Spotify is a bargain. As often as not, there are one or two singles on a CD produced in a studio using a big name producer and professional session musicians but the rest is lower quality filler. I used to spend $20 a week on CDs. After spending $10,000 over 10 years, I ended up with over 1000 CDs and 10,000 songs. Maybe half of those I still like and there are even fewer I regularly listen to. Spotify has over 4,000,000 songs and thousands of artists. I can listen to what I want when I want, make personalized playlists, choose from a thousands of prepackaged playlists and skip songs I don't want to hear. Just how is the bland, repetitive, corporate influenced, designed for advertisers instead of listeners stuff played on AM and FM better?
Spotify is not perfect. I miss hearing a good DJ. The DJs on local AM and FM are seldom good so that's a wash. There are some critical artists and songs missing from Spotify. There are orders of magnitude more missing from local AM and FM though. I find Spotify's playlists too repetitive and too focused on popular singles. It's still much better than AM or FM in that regard.
If I want to listen to radio with better variety, designed for listeners with a minimal of advertising that is hosted by professional, experienced DJs I head over to SiriusXM. I've been listening to radio for 60 years so I've seen a lot of changes, good and bad. There have been very successful AM and FM stations that catered to audiences and what they wanted. I have been lucky enough to listen to some of them. They have almost all been neutralized by government and corporate interference. Most of the time, especially now, they are just a vehicle to give station managers and corporate CEOs a bigger bonus each year.