I hate the fact that VEVO censors all their videos, I really do, but I mainly use Youtube to figure out if I like an artist enough to torrent their albums. If I like their shit I will go see them live when they visit town. Am I still stealing? Sure. But ask any artist busting their balls on tour today: the money is in touring.
I will support the bands I love by going to their concerts and buying their albums and merch direct. I have no interest in paying for access to an enormous library of music I don't listen to.
I love the model though, I adore it from Netflix and Amazon and am totally behind the idea for those who want access to that selection.
Almost certainly not, half the music I dig wouldn't likely be in any libraries(not trying to sound like a hipster but random canadian metal bands don't tend to get a ton of attention). Only one I would consider would be Google Music cause I love the standard Google Music, even living in Canada, cause it's so easy to sync and manage my music with it so if they added some special features only for subscribers I might consider it.
I constantly want to get into Spotify but the whole signup process is so weird. I think it requires facebook, or if you don't sign up that way it limits the number of free hours you get. There was some kind of early sign up bonus when it first came to America, that I thought I made the cut for, but was screwed out of when I quit Facebook. Whats the right way to sign up for and get the most out of spotify now? I always preferred MOG's sound quality, and Rdio's social features, and both companies playlist sharing, to what I remember Spotify having. But maybe its gotten better since then. Simply put, Ryan Davis shares playlists that way, so, i want in.
I love CDs. I listen to them only after ripping, but I still love CDs.
I know we're on the brink of the age in which you'll own nothing and license everything, but I don't care.
It's why I'll never consider PS+ a great value, I won't subscribe to music services, and I don't have a Netflix subscription.
I've used just Spotify Premium for all my music needs for a good year or so now, and I really doubt I go back to buying music. Just going from spending anywhere from 50 to 100 bucks a month on albums, to just paying $5 a month for Spotify alone has really spoiled me.
It's rare I don't pop open Spotify after seeing a new album I'm interested in has released, and it not be right there in the new releases area. As someone who really loves listening to music, it's just made my interest in music even easier to deal with, and just as enjoyable.
I can just freely spend that 50-100 bucks on garbage now! Whoo!
I subscribe to SiriusXM total access or whatever which lets me listen on the computer / iPhone / iPad as well, and now with MySXM it can be a lot like Pandora. Basically each station has it's own unique sliders which let you tailor types of random songs you'll hear if you turn on MySXM, otherwise you can just listen live.
right now finances are tight, but with the glut of good music coming out this year i finally caved and ponied up for a spotify sub. but it's just stopgap- as soon as i can afford to, i'll lose the spotify sub and purchase physical copies of the records i'm enjoying. not only do i enjoy the tangible aspects of records (the artwork, packaging, etc.), but i feel compelled to support the bands that i like, and it's pretty clear that spotify's compensation model is pretty dodgy. especially for artists with a smaller following.
^^I'm so pissed at SiriusXM, the one station I listen to is now in some special add-on, "best of XM" package". I'm sick of paying for entire services and each day they make it seemingly more difficult to support the sole entity I enjoy. This is really my personal issue with music services, I go on "music discovery" kicks twice a year, so if I'm not doing that, any streaming service is overkill.
Spotify is pretty terrible. There's a lot of issues with log-ins and their desktop client seems pretty poor. I just tried them out for curiosity's sake, and I greatly prefer Rdio so far. In about three days I've had something like 5 major technical issues with the Spotify Premium service. Rdio on the other hand never gave me a problem once.
Spotify seems to have the better free service though.
I don't have a subscription service, and don't plan on getting one in the foreseeable future. Almost all of my music has been coming from Bandcamp, lately. There's a pretty diverse selection of artists on there, and from what I understand of their payment models, more of my money goes to artists.
Plus, I've the ability to give just $1 to folks when I can. It's become the best solution to my difficulties/wants buying music: being a poor college student, listening to only what I want to with the ability to freely seek out other artists, and giving more of my money to artists without having to work through a billion different band homepages.
I don't feel a need. I do use Spotify but almost entirely on my PC (where it is entirely free), since I don't have a phone nor do I care to use Spotify on the go. If I like a song or album enough, I'll go ahead and pick it up but that is quite rare for me. Most of my music listening does come from Youtube, letting me pick and choose what I want to listen to at any given moment. Since I have an ad-blocker (and feel no qualms about using it on a site like Youtube), it works out pretty well. I can just buy those songs I listen to a lot (although I don't often do this).
I've been on Spotify Premium for ages now. It's awesome. Their selection is unbelievably good. They have high quality syncing on mobile. The apps in the desktop client are great. They have last.fm syncing, even in the beta web client. And it's a dollar cheaper than rdio. And by having a free version, when times get tough, you can bump down to free and still keep your playlists.
The crappy thing about all the services though is that they all use your playlists to lock you in to their service. The playlists are the only way to maintain a collection and none of them have playlist export to m3u or pls
I have never bought music outside of when a soundtrack gets included in a game and I don't think I ever will. I just never listen to music so I have never wanted to spend any kind of money on it. I find just sitting and listening to music the most boring thing in the world and any other time I'm doing something its playing a game or watching a movie/tv that has it's own music so it doesn't make sense to turn it on.
The last time I listened to music with any regularity was when I was in college and would spend hours doing 3D work on my computer. There's no audio aspect of doing that kind of thing so that was the first and only time in my life I had any kind of music collection. I have since lost all the music due to forgetting to back it up before formatting my pc so it doesn't matter much any more.
Any time I'm in a situation where there's nothing to do but listen, like driving to and from work, I throw a podcast on and just listen to it.