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Rudolph
post Jun 30 2015, 11:21 AM
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It seems streaming music is becoming more dominant, download sales seem to be falling. I try not to stream myself, but it seems the way forward with the constant change of obtaining music on our devices.
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post Jun 30 2015, 11:23 AM
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Pretty much only stream music now. Even where I live in the deepest, darkest countryside the broadband / 3G signal is strong enough to use Spotify and, at £10 a month, it's a great deal. There are some records that aren't online but very few.
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post Jun 30 2015, 11:26 AM
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I just about always buy music and only stream some albums to determine whether to purchase them or not. But if Apple Music is as good as I hope then that might all change!
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post Jun 30 2015, 11:40 AM
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I made a Spotify account but I don't feel the need to use it so I just use YouTube and my iTunes/iPod really.
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post Jun 30 2015, 11:43 AM
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I once streamed a song last year, that's about it.
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post Jun 30 2015, 11:49 AM
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Since last year I've been using Spotify more and more - mainly to listen to singles that I don't quite love enough to purchase! I have a feeling with the introduction of Apple Music that I'll eventually almost exclusively stream songs. My music expenditure has decreased, despite the fact that I pay for the monthly premium option on Spotify! (so I'd be open to the idea of subscribing to Apple Music instead, if I like it a lot during the free trial).

When it comes to albums, I still enjoy buying a CD or Vinyl and feeling like I properly own the album! (I never took to downloading albums). Maybe I'll start "streaming to check out an album" like Ryan does, and only purchase it on CD if I discover that I love said album.
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post Jun 30 2015, 11:50 AM
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Started using it on and off quite early in mid-2009 to listen to Sean Kingston 'Fire Burning' laugh.gif

Switched to streaming mainly at the end of 2011 and now use Premium Spotify, supplemented by the very odd download of tracks that aren't available there, such as 'Bad Blood'.
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post Jun 30 2015, 11:51 AM
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I use Deezer more and more often now although I usually only use streaming to listen to albums that I have no intention of buying. A few times I've bought them post-streaming as I've liked them more than I expected though.

I only pay to download albums that are either unavailable physically or available dirt cheap on something like Google Play. Otherwise I see no point paying the same price for a digital file as a CD.
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post Jun 30 2015, 11:53 AM
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I do it more and more now as well! There's so much music I want to buy that I couldn't download it all from iTunes so I stream a lot, and it's also good for listening to albums before you buy as well, plus finding new songs/artists via playlists etc.
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post Jun 30 2015, 12:00 PM
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I don't, because

1. I have a large MP3 library already. It's all tagged the way I like it and all the right versions.
2. A lot of the random 90s/00s stuff I listen to isn't on streaming services.
3. A lot of the new music I listen to is only released internationally, or if it is a UK release I don't want to have to wait 2 months for it be released.
4. I discover a lot of new music from illegal download sites.
5. I prefer to buy the odd track off iTunes when I need to or the odd album on CD when I want it in my collection. I don't want to pay £10 a month for streams.

Streaming is going to continue to do really well but for me I can't see myself converting any time soon.
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post Jun 30 2015, 12:01 PM
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I agree with Rich that I've never understood why people download albums rather than buy the CDs where they are more often than not the same price and with the latter you actually get something physical! I guess it's a convenience thing but I'd rather wait the extra day or two to get an actual product.
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post Jun 30 2015, 12:18 PM
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Personally I don't - yet - stream music and still prefer actually owning a track, if I like it enough, especially at 99p or less. That said I am hardly representative of the wider market, as I've always tended to be someone who sticks Luddite-like to what I've become used to and if it ain't broke I don't fix it until pushed. I was still buying CD singles as late as 2010 and it was only really the complete domination of the download in that sector (and eventually upgrading my mobile phone to a recent enough model) that successfully tipped me over to the virtual means of buying/listening to music from 2011 onwards. I don't feel like making another transition just now so it'll probably be 2020 before I move with the times!

Actually, now I stop to consider it, I'm still shockingly 20th century, at least in the way I listen to a lot of my music from that era - I only download current (2010s) singles along with a selection from the 2000s I missed on CD. Pre-2001 it was mostly Top 40 stuff transferred to rewriteable CDs (which I only took up in the late 1990s), sometimes from CD, old cassettes or vinyl, and I still have those today; not owning a home computer has meant I've never bothered transferring thousands of tracks onto a MP3 player!! As for albums, I never download them and still stick to the CD as one is usually still marketed, and available in a local HMV. Although in fairness I'm nearly-all singles-driven and probably buy one LP a year.

Maybe I'm not much of a music fan after all? More likely though it's the relentless march of new tech that turns me off.

I do concede streaming has its place though, and its rise, increasingly at the expense of the download, will continue for many years to come and its impact on the charts will consequently be reflected.
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post Jun 30 2015, 12:20 PM
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I still download music - I like the guarantee that I won't lose access to a song, and also being able to organise my library how I like and not requiring an ongoing subscription to listen offline. But Spotify has been my go-to for trying/finding new music (or anything not in my collection, really) for about a year now so it's quite valuable to me as well.

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post Jun 30 2015, 12:26 PM
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TRY NOT TO STREAM?

Streaming is almost all I know now. Has been for the last two and a half years...
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post Jun 30 2015, 12:29 PM
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I always buy my absolute favs, but I stream a lot too.

With albums, I like to buy the physical if I enjoy the album a lot. usually on Vinyl. Streaming is great to test the waters.
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post Jun 30 2015, 12:35 PM
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like some of the comments above, I don't stream for the reasons listed.

If itunes streaming is all-inclusive of everything available in the rest of the world then it might be worth it to get to hear stuff the UK record industry is holding back on (because they really pee me off treating UK customers like 2nd-rate consumers) and to save me buying them when they do eventually come out, in protest.

That said, I still dont download albums, CD is better sound quality and if you wait much much cheaper. MP3's are variable.

Cherry-picking tracks I have no option but to download, new or oldies I never managed to get hold of, as I want to hear what I want to hear when it's convenient to me out and about, driving, travelling on planes, on holiday etc

End of the day, though, the only way to guarantee you can hear a song when you want to is to buy it, own it. If you have cash flow problems, like old non-mainstream stuff, or artists who prefer not to give in to streaming site owner demands, then you have to buy. I have loads of records in my collection that are unavailable anywhere, streaming, youtube, itunes, record shops there's no guarantee everything you like will forever be available to stream, nothing is forever.



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post Jun 30 2015, 12:37 PM
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I only buy albums from the acts I've loved for years or decade(s) or for DJing purposes, otherwise I stream albums and download songs

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post Jun 30 2015, 12:38 PM
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I use Spotify Free, mainly for albums, I don't use any paid streaming subscription as I'm like, really poor.

But if I am paying for music, I'd prefer to buy it as I'd just rather own a song rather than pay just to listen to it.


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post Jun 30 2015, 12:43 PM
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All the time. I stream when I'm going to sleep. I download new music but if I want to listen something old I'll listen on Spotify or youtube.
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post Jun 30 2015, 01:25 PM
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I stream songs that aren't out yet for example Goodtimes by Ella Eyre. Then I will buy them
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