I have run into a handful of music streaming services in recent times. A music streaming service is cloud-based. The music tracks are never really yours, and you can only enjoy the tracks whenever there is a stable internet connection. There are all sorts of billing models – a monthly overall fee, an annual fee per track, or some other hybrid model.
The issue for me is this: that I never really own what I pay for. I don’t own it because I have no control over it. I want to be able to move my music across devices – smartphones, tablets, and PCs. I want to listen to my favourite tracks without burning into my mobile internet subscription. I want control.
Has anyone wondered why YouTube video converters and downloaders got popular? Yes; people want control over their media. Simple.
Then, in addition to the access and control issue, requiring me to stream my music increases my running costs (mobile internet bills) and also impacts on the battery life of my device. Of course, when mobile internet is shaky, your guess is as good as mine.
So far, none of the available music streaming services have caught my attention personally. Offer me the option to download for a small fee and I am your uncle. But stream? No; thank you.