Me too, I let them switch my remaining subscription fee to the digital subscription but I haven't looked at it since. My subscriptions ends April next year and I wont renew. Im in Europe and they wont send to Europe as its to costly they said, don't know what changed since this year, last edition I got was the feb2021 one.Not a fan of MD since they will no longer ship print copies internationally .
You really nailed it as far as the lack of content is concerned!Just got mine too.
I still look forward to getting it. After all, it is a drum magazine...
I can't help but notice how it's gotten so thin on content. The poll winner magazine is always a little light, but now each winner gets their own page. There's always an archival story. These articles are usually great, but it's not new content. A lot of the lessons are older material as well. I mean it's great, but it's not new content. There are vintage ads... Back Through The Stack pages... It feels like a lot of recycled stuff.
I don't know if it's MD's doing or just that advertisers can't afford it, but I really miss all of the little ads that used to be in the back.
Like virtually all printed media, it's become impossible to keep up with online content which is dynamic, interactive, offers audio and video content, is immediate in terms of content, and is largely free. Reading a screen isn't really the same as reading and holding a printed page, but people (for the most part) have adapted to and accepted it as a way to get information.I can't help but notice how it's gotten so thin on content.
The July 2021 came in the mail today!
What in the world is going on?
Wha da fuq???
Yet I bet their digital version is right on time.
I was wondering what was up also, and got mine 2 days ago. Ironically, all this was addressed in the editorial of this very issue:Not a fan of MD since they will no longer ship print copies internationally .
Sound On Sound is a great magazine!I noticed it starting to decline over ten years ago to be honest. I used to get copies locally over here in the UK (they were in my local major newsagents around 2003-2007) and I could get back issues easily down at the indoor market hidden amongst the jazz mags. I think the last copy I bought would have been around 2009. Have barely glanced at it since and certainly haven't been able to buy it locally for years.
Sound on Sound still regularly puts out a high-quality magazine each month. Haven't bought it for a little while (out of the game a bit now) but print media doesn't have to die. Although Sound on Sound is very much the exception.
Exactly this. When MD dropped the 'hits and misses' parts of their review it all started going down. From then on out it was only good reviews for all drums. It's a shame because it was a great magazine, but like other great magazine they're simply going out of fashion.Most of the product reviews became very medium (nothing was really good or really bad)
This happened after Ron died. Once this started, I immediately noticed, and looking back, it was all downhill from there. Really, when you get down to it, MD died with Ron. The magazine that continued was a pale imitation of a once great magazine. Ron would be very unhappy with what MD has become.Exactly this. When MD dropped the 'hits and misses' parts of their review it all started going down. From then on out it was only good reviews for all drums. It's a shame because it was a great magazine, but like other great magazine they're simply going out of fashion.
Actually, ALL manner of printed publications are suffering. There’s a Barnes & Noble book store (of all things) by my house - the last time I went in there, it’s mainly a public library for the coffee shop that’s in there. Not sure how much longer it will be there. People just don’t buy printed media thanks to “being online”. I love reading books, but I read them all on a Kindle device.I am trying to imagine how anyone could put out a drum magazine and have it provide something one can't already get online in a much better form for free. Like, how would YOU plan an issue of a physical magazine about drumming right now? I'm at a loss.
Here is at least a big part of the problem and why there's no future for drum magazines.
So, like, really-- what do you cover?
- It's mostly older guys who prefer a physical magazine.
- On average, older guys are not terribly interested in younger drummers/newer music.
- A lot of the classic rock and jazz players are now either dead or very old or at least not releasing new music.
- Most younger drummers can't even imagine buying a drumming magazine.
I work very closely with college students every day and have been doing so for 19 years. Know how many times I've seen a college student reading a magazine for pleasure in the last 19 years? Other than the very rare issue of something like People magazine, zero.
I don't know if we'll ever see a time for magazines like we're seeing for LPs-- where people are nostalgic for the physical copy and are willing to pay for it as a way of supporting its creation. That's probably the only hope, and it's very slim.
Sad, but true.This happened after Ron died. Once this started, I immediately noticed, and looking back, it was all downhill from there. Really, when you get down to it, MD died with Ron. The magazine that continued was a pale imitation of a once great magazine. Ron would be very unhappy with what MD has become.