It’s taken me years, but I’ve finally acknowledged that there is no longer any reason to own music. But I still want to collect it. Rdio lets me do this in a way that Spotify doesn’t while also allowing me to listen to entire albums without buying them, a feature that iTunes doesn’t offer.
Agreed, Rdio is better designed than Spotify but I’m still looking for the deep cloud catalog. For example, Rdio matched only 1/3 of my iTunes songs.
Most of the music I listen to is still on SoundCloud and not available in streaming format anywhere else.
Unlike teens today, I also like to keep my music which means for every tune I like I want to save a digital file or an MP3. Call me a digital music hoarder or music collector but I just don’t think some of these music platforms will hang around forever and everything must be backed up!
I wish the cloud was fast enough to store my 143 days of listenable music for listening anywhere in the world. Services like Google and Amazon lockers promise mass storage just for music but they’re too damn slow upon upload and playback. Yes, this is also an widescale Internet problem. LTE can still be a tortoise.
My listening behavior is not replicable in the cloud just yet. Unfortunately, I don’t think Apple’s iRadio which sounds more like Pandora, Songza, Last.Fm, etc. is the solve either.
Consumption and listening across devices and multiple platforms is therefore the status quo. One day the entire collection, owned and rented, will be synced.