In the old days, you could give someone a CD or a cassette and be pretty sure they'd listen to it. The CD might sit on the table for a day or two but eventually they will put it in their car CD player and listen to the whole thing and think about you, which is why it is such an awesome sort of gift. If I really wanted to go the extra mile I could even create custom artwork for the jewel case, or attach a personal note.

I don't know how to do this with streaming services. On Spotify I could create a public playlist and send them a link, but they might not be signed up for Spotify, and there's a chance the email would just get lost or forgotten. On iTunes I guess I could buy the songs as a gift and they would show up in their library, but I think tracks tend to get buried and forgotten that way-- it ends up being just one more track in a giant database. Either way, I can't be sure which streaming services they have. And using any service precludes me from giving them rare or hard-to-find music that may not be part of the services' offering. I guess I could still burn a CD, but who still has a CD player?

Anyway, looking for a modern way for giving someone music in a way that is personal, keeps them engaged, and is guaranteed to work with whatever streaming services they may or may not have.

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If you really want them to remember the gift, don't send a recording. Think laterally, give tickets to a concert.

Live music is always more memorable as it is an occasion, the memories will include the atmosphere and the people they go with - probably you.

It doesn't have to be a stadium tour of some supergroup, small gigs down the pub can work just as well.

You'll also be supporting live music, which is never a bad thing.


If you're willing to burn a DVD, a flash/thumb drive could hold whatever you had in mind with room to spare for files such as relevant images and videos.

To increase the personalization of the "presentation package" you can throw your creative side into the gift packaging decoration to create a 'keepsake'

Good luck.


It's clear you've put some thought into your quest. With the exclusions you've listed, consider that you can create a YouTube playlist configured as unlisted. This still allows you to provide a link to the user. I don't know anyone who cannot view/listen on YouTube.

Additionally, you'd be able to see the number of views for that link. Of course, if it is played on only one machine multiple times, it may appear as having been played only once, but you'll know it was "viewed."


You can buy music and e-books from online vendors. They send you a link to download, and you can pass that link to your friend or relative.

You can present the link in an email of your own design to make it gift-like.


There are some cool spotify plates that you can gift with a specific song. I always thought they look cool. Something like this: https://www.regalooriginal.com/shopping/55407/metacrilato-personalizado-cancion-spotify.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjwyOuYBhCGARIsAIdGQRMdjGgeUVjIgemUXgxh4gE-dcwDiLxuEEI0N5FOUKnYqTwoLU2D8OkaAsuZEALw_wcB


Hire an excellent band with various musical instruments, mainly wind instruments, make personalized arrangements citing the name of the person to be presented. Do this live record for keepsakes.


Use a QR code. You can send it digitally or even physically.

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