Are digital music downloads already heading the way of the CD?

By Shawn Knight · 29 replies
Dec 16, 2013
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  1. Don’t look now but it seems as though digital downloads may have already reached their peak. According to a new report from Billboard, 2012 may ultimately go down in history as the most lucrative digital download year as streaming services...

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  2. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    I use spotify now I have never and never will buy music I find it much easier to use something like spotify.
  3. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +233

    It's not surprising at all. I haven't picked up a streaming subscription yet (although to be honest, I never bought any digital music), but I'm sure I will sometime next year. I haven't spent any time researching the various subscriptions, but I'll definitely need sometime that lets you download songs for offline use (can't be eating up my mobile plan).
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    No surprise in this instant gratification society we've become, but I still prefer having my own music selection. I don't like the quality of streaming music (128 kbps or worse), nor do I want to fuss with spending a bunch of time customizing the stream until it finally plays what I want to hear. And of course there are the interruptions and commercials unless I pay. Which is understandable, but again - I'd rather pay to have the music to begin with and set up my own music lists on my various mp3 players.
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  5. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Spotify lets you do that which I love as I have offline mode on my pc and phone just incase internet goes out xD and it only costs £9.99 per month which is cheap if you think about it :) I highly recommend going with spotify!
  6. m4a4

    m4a4 TS Evangelist Posts: 955   +515

    I have too specific of music tastes, so streaming doesn't work for me. I would rather use the radio as background music if need be...
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Me too. I've haven't bought any music since the early 2000's. If I like & want a certain song I'll simply pirate it. I can't justify wasting $9.99 a month on something like Spotify which I'll never use and would never support Apple in any way shape or form.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2013
  8. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,718   +860

    Nice. You can't even bother to pay .99 to Amazon or some other online retailer to buy a song. You still have to steal it....
  9. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 576   +186

    This was the whole reason I went with Zune back in high school, for $100 a year I could listen to thousands of songs (and keep 10 a month) as long as I was paying my subscription, it was organized on my computer and was easy to transfer to my Zune. I had people amazed by the fact I had 10,000 songs but owned like 250 of them. I really enjoy what these new streaming services can do, I have even been tempted to do Xbox music steaming service again, simply because I enjoyed it so much back in the day and its very streamlined just like back in the day.
  10. Xbox music that comes with Windows 8.1 (and I think it may also work with Windows 8 through an app update) is what I use. Most of the music I like I can stream for free, so I just search for a particular album I like, add it to my collection and voila, I'm streaming it. Only bad thing is there's advertisements every few songs, but I can live with it since it's free streaming.
  11. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 997   +93

    I'm the opposite, I buy more cd's now than I did 10 years ago. I haven't downloaded a song since the early 2000's.
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  12. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 576   +186

    you can actually just listen through the internet browser as well (aka windows 7 and vista users) There's apps for android, and iOS, and obviously the newest windows 8, 8.1 devices also have the apps. If you have a music pass ($120 a year) you can actually download and save the music to your PC/Phone/tablet/xbox.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    In case you don't know it yet, I'm not American, I don't live in America and we don't have access to some of these sites but even if I was & I did .99 is not worth it to me. It costs me more in bank charges & transfers. I'm definitely not interested in yearly subs, I don't listen to music that much that I'd go for it.
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2013
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Yeah I know but I don't listen to $120 worth of music a year. Believe it or not, buying a physical CD is far more economical than subscribing to one of these services here in Africa. It's probably why we don't have services like that here.
  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I'm exactly the same, I'd rather buy the physical disk than pirate but unfortunately it's not always possible to get what you want here (for my taste in music).
  16. TitoBXNY

    TitoBXNY TS Addict Posts: 236   +50

    I am very satisfied with Spotify and wish it came out sooner. I created playlists of music that even my parents listened to in the 50's and 60's. The quality is perfectly fine and I listen to it on my phone, tablet and pc. No need to purchase anything. While on the subject, NETFLIX has become a favorite as well.
  17. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Wheres 320kbps stream? What will happen when 4K becomes the norm?
  18. Chuck Cortes

    Chuck Cortes TS Rookie Posts: 53   +13

    I love the people who scream "you're stealing". Just to let you all on a little secret I have rarely ever purchased a song in my life and I go back to when music was on record and cassettes. I use to listen to the radio all the time (back when commercials between songs were rare) and I always had a tape ready to go at any time and record. then came CDs which I then proceeded to record to CDs.

    I don't care if you think I am stealing, this has been a common thing for as far back as recording has been done on cassettes and no one ever said crap about it back then. Now all of a sudden because the quality is better today and its easier to get now all of a sudden everyone cries "poor artist". Last I check no artist is going broke because of pirating, they don't know how to manage their money, that's their problem.

    As for the article, I find it funny that it doesn't mention Pandora which is one of the most famous ones and instead mentioned iTunes radio which just recently started and didn't even hint at Google's All Access. How ironic.
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  19. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

  20. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Probably because Pandora is US only hence why its not exactly number 1... Lets not forget spotify has 20million songs where Pandora has a meagre 900k... massive difference in music catalogue.
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2013
  21. Terrax

    Terrax TS Rookie

    Did they ever think it could be a down year because the music was crap this year? Just a little food for thought.
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  22. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +431

    You can call it a music service but it's really just the radio. Music is nice but way overrated. How many times can someone listen to anything? I prefer silence and my thoughts any day. It wasn't always like that though. Whether is a 45, 8Track, album, CD or digital doesn't matter something will replace something. Wish I still had my 6 transistor radio, though.
  23. EClyde

    EClyde TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +431

    Music is always crap if you don't like it. Maybe expand your listening to include the 30's or some stinging R&B. Don't blame someone else for your limited listening habits
  24. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 384   +54

    I've purchased more CDs in the last two years after streaming music than I did prior. If anything, streaming services may help boost CD sales.
  25. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,423   +350

    Ye right because the song Nicki Minaj - stupid hoe is good music.. its hard to find good music specially when there is a lot of terrible music out and coming out right now its not because we have limited listening habits like you say its because we got people who can only sing with autotune.

    If you require autotune like most singers these days then you really should think career choices, I certainly wouldn't like someone who cant do finances to handle my finances same principle just different situation.

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