Streaming music is slowly cannibalizing digital download sales

By Shawn Knight ยท 31 replies
Jul 20, 2013
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  1. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 451   +34

    Oh I see. Still hope piracy is left out of sales cause things like DRM create problems only for the legit ones.
  2. dennis777

    dennis777 TS Enthusiast Posts: 285   +33

    me too. Its free, you dont need data, playlist changes everyday.
  3. Lamont Briggs

    Lamont Briggs TS Rookie

    Look, I think we all know where this is going... There's going to have to be a re-write of all the copyright laws. These industries will have to find new ways of making revenue. It's just the way it goes. No one cries over eight tracks, or cassette tapes, right? Things change, and we adapt as they do. If anything, I promote the companies that push for free content. I appreciate that torch browser has download capabilities built in. When things start changing, it's best to hop on board than to stand against the current when in the end there's only one direction to go.
  4. And music being crap in general ? Surely it must have a tangible effect somehow.
  5. I totally get why it's the method of choice! It's so easy! I stream music all the time, I use Torch Music and it's synced with my phone so I literally have a playlist for every single thing I do. I don't remember how I did anything before I had it!
  6. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,223

    yes we did. The public has bought millions of albums with 12-15 songs for around $12-15 each. If people weren't ok with that price they wouldn't have paid it. At least buying a song one at a time, you don't have to pay for the half-produced filler songs that most albums usually have.

    Yes, and it's so full of commercials and station promos that's it's not uncommon to flip through 4 or 5 stations before you find one playing a song. But one big advantage of radio is it can play music for you that you don't know about. Unlike your own playlists from iTunes.
  7. SirGCal

    SirGCal TS Maniac Posts: 365   +136

    Personally; I am 100% against piracy in any forms and they should stop it absolutely. But also against the DRMs that just mess up lawful members use of using movie/music/games/etc. The Catch22 gotcha.

    In the end it comes down to this. The DRMs simply DO NOT WORK at all. Every single one of them is hacked, broken, etc..And most, if not all, within days of the product release. So why even bother any more to be honest? Even the blu-ray 'key' system is so totally broken as to be utterly ridiculous. For players to work they have to publish the keys for every player to recognize the disk. They might as well just remove them entirely as that's as good as handing the hackers the decryption on a plate.

    All of that said; I prefer CDs. I can make my own portable MP3's for the phone and have my pure forms for my library. But then again I also buy Blu-Rays for my movies instead of streaming. (Although Hulu/Netflux never have crap worth watching to be honest and I've left both providers recently also...) of which I have a collection larger then most of the population taking up the spare bedroom and then some. I have done Pandora in the past now and again but never very long. I'm just not interested in a service that I just can't pick the exact song now and again and/or rewind through songs, etc. Sometimes I don't want a genera of music but just one band in particular. I can do that with my MP3 collections or with my media directly. That is the difference.

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