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Old 7th Jul 2015, 19:08
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Is "Buying" Music Dead?

With the recent foray of Apple Inc. into the streaming music subscription service it got me thinking about the alternatives i.e., buying music. Whether buying music via downloadable mp3 or in a shop on a CD or record.

I'm wondering if with all the streaming services available now - Apple Music, Spotify, Rhapsody, Rdio, et al. - if buying music, as opposed to renting it, will become the future?
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Old 7th Jul 2015, 20:04
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completely disregarding the ahem 'vinyl revival', I would say the CD as a music carrier has many years of life left yet.


I have been a SPOTIFY user from day one and know many people who use my 'user model'....i.e, search the database for new music and long forgotten classics, have a good few plays and then purchase the cd albums.


besides owning the tracks forever and being able to play them without recourse to pc, tablet, phone etc, there is always the added bonus of a jump in sound quality over most streams.


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Old 7th Jul 2015, 21:08
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No (but have you seen the price of remastered vinyl!!!)

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Old 7th Jul 2015, 22:57
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Streaming usually downloads onto your device to enable off line playing, hence data limit budgets aren't badly affected. What the clever buggers do is require the device to go online periodically to see if your subscription is still current, if not your music self destructs.

Downloads and streaming are the future of music, initially quality was limited by poor connection speeds and expensive storage. Anyone remember taking fifteen minutes to download a single track from Napster using a dial up connection and then having to carefully select what you could fit onto your 128MB MP3 player ?

These days, with 1GIG internet connections and dirt cheap storage there is no need to suffer low bit MP3 anymore. High resolution is becoming increasingly available with quality that leaves CD in the dust. Try HDTracks for an idea of what's available.

Vinyl, CD, cassette and streaming are simply the means of moving the music from the performer to your ears. With streaming you don't need to buy a dedicated player which will break or become outdated, an iPhone can hold several shelves worth of records or CDs with no deterioration in quality with time and usage. For less than the cost of a single CD per month I have unlimited access to the whole store.

We are living in an age of massive change, film cameras are history, replaced by digital. Video rental, replaced by cable and NETFLIX. Books, magazines and newspapers are going electronic. Taxis are losing out to UBER and AIRBNB is gaining on hotels.
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Old 7th Jul 2015, 23:31
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We are living in an age of massive change,
Not the least of which is one's hearing and ability to hear the music well enough to justify the gadgets that are now available.

good ole 8-trak may even be good enough as you age
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Old 8th Jul 2015, 07:10
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I prefer to have music on a CD or Vinyl. I like seeing cover art and information on other peoples' recordings and I like doing the covert art and info on my own.

I am starting to realise that the mass market has moved a long way from me, and CD sales will never repay the cost of my recording equipment but frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!
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Lots of views on the subject here

http://www.pprune.org/jet-blast/5638...ill-cheap.html

I wonder why they chose the name "the cloud" for this method of storage. To me a cloud is something insubstantial with a tendency to drift away and disperse. I'd be worried that's what might happen to my data.
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A friend of mine is a recording engineer of some notable experience. He has done a number of "re-mastered" albums for vinyl and CD. He has travelled the world seeking out the best and/or most original recordings for some tracks.

1. They are expensive. Both to make (properly) and for you and I to buy.
2. Most of them are not requested by the bands. They are just another revenue stream for the record cos/rights holder
3. They can sound good. But some do not.
4. The technology to re-interpret the tracks and albums is clever. The re-mastering might involve little of what was original. But it will sound better to many ears.
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Old 8th Jul 2015, 13:36
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Why buy when all you need is Radio Luxembourg, or the car radio it only costs pennies in lecky..
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What youngins today are missing are the large sub-woofers and multi-hundred watt amps creating chest thumping bass that rattles the windows and cabinet doors. And not at a club but in the privacy of one's own home.
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Originally Posted by IBMJunkman View Post
What youngins today are missing are the large sub-woofers and multi-hundred watt amps creating chest thumping bass that rattles the windows and cabinet doors. And not at a club but in the privacy of one's own home.
I think that many have that arrangement in their Corsa.
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Old 8th Jul 2015, 14:04
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Originally Posted by IBMJunkman View Post
What youngins today are missing are the large sub-woofers and multi-hundred watt amps creating chest thumping bass that rattles the windows and cabinet doors. And not at a club but in the privacy of one's own home.
I still have such a set up. And enjoy every minute of it when playing music. Beats an iGadget any day of the week.
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Old 8th Jul 2015, 14:15
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I prefer using and playing hardware. I have 33s, 45, and CDs. I have only recently bought a pair of Concept 20s to save space. I can't understand the trend toward lo fi in favour of huge libraries.
Having recently had 23 worth of navigation software remotely deleted from an iphone by Apple I don't trust the idea of not having it in your hot little hand. The software problem was a result of a disagreement between Apple and the app writer. Each side said claim from the other. It was me who lost.
I can see the possibility of additional controls embedded in music which may only allow a song to be played at certain times, places, circumstances or expiry after a certain number of plays, requiring re licencing. ( read re paying)
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