Post by KeithL on Aug 14, 2018 16:51:42 GMT -5
Note, however, that if Apple goes out of business, or shuts down the iTunes servers, you probably will lose even what you have "purchased".
(You will definitely lose access to download a new copy... )
I'm also seeing what seems to me to be a disturbing tendency lately to deliberately blur that distinction....
My cable company offers pay-per-view movies.
I can "rent" a pay-per-view movie for 24 hours for a few dollars; or I can "purchase" one for about $20.
If I "purchase" a movie, that means I can watch it as many times as I like, for as long as I like... it never expires.
However, even if I "purchase" the movie, I can only use my purchase with my cable account.
In other words, what they have sold me is a lifetime license to view that movie on their cable service.
I do NOT get a file I can download, or a disc I can take home with me, or some sort of license key I can use to watch that movie on a different cable account.
I consider describing this as "purchasing the movie" to be deliberately misleading...
Likewise, I see posts by people who seem to have confused the access that they rent to Tidal or Spotify's music collection with "their music collection".
I really do suspect that many people are starting to get "a little fuzzy on the distinction".
And, as with many things, this only disturbs me to the degree that if affects me.
For example, when I ask some artist "where I can get his music" and his reply is "you can get it on Spotify".
The reality is that I cannot get it on Spotify... I can RENT it on Spotify...
To me, this would be very much as if I had "bought" a book... then been told I could only read it in the bookstore, using their reading lamp, and sitting in their chair.
(One of the main reasons I bought that book in the first place is so I can read it curled up on the couch, or on the beach, or on a bus...)
The other limitation that really bugs me is that I always seem to be limited to using the particular music client provided by the service.
I don't LIKE Tidal's client.... and, unlike music I actually own, if I want to use music from their service, I am forced to use their player.
(And, even worse, I am limited to listening to "my music" on the particular devices that happen to run their client software.)
Again, I'll reiterate that I agree with you - every music lover would benefit from a subscription with a good streaming service....
As long as they don't confuse the music they're renting with music they actually own.
This is also different.
What really worries me is that, because of some business decision, I will no longer be able to listen to my favorite album tomorrow...
And, when I buy an album (whether I'm technically buying the music, or a license to listen to it), I want to buy it ONCE.... not every time I listen to it.
I dislike the very idea that "my music library" will magically cease to exist if I decide not to pay the subscription that month (or if the guys I rent if from go out of business).
It really is that simple...
I had a large iTunes library of all my old CDs (about 1000) that I had ripped into iTunes. It also included hundreds of albums I had purchased from iTunes. Then I did the Apple Music trial. At the end of the trial, I did not immediately subscribe. All of the music I had leased went away, but every single item I had purchased was still there.
When you subscribe to a streaming service, you're not buying the music. You're leasing access to it. And if you decide to stop leasing it, sure, it goes away, but what you OWNED is still there. If you lease a car, and have an iPod connected, and maybe a nice sunshade, when your lease is up, you still own the iPod and the sunshade, but the car goes away. Or you can then buy it. Just like you can then purchase the music you discovered while leasing it. My internet service provider might go out of business, but the internet will still exist.
You can't possibly think you're buying music for $15 a month. If that were the case, I'd just pay for one month and own every piece of music on Apple Music? That'd be a helluva deal.
This thought that you don't own music when you're on a subscription service has always been kind of a "no duh" thing. Before Apple Music, I spent a LOT more than $15/month buying music. I'm getting a LOT more than $15/month worth of music with the service. I'm not worried about them shutting down, but if they do, I enjoyed the heck out of it for the time I was a member, and I still have all the music I purchased before leasing ACCESS to ALL MUSIC.
I understand the sound quality arguments, but I've never understood the owning/renting music argument. If Spotify goes out of business, Stevie Wonder's music is not going to cease to exist. Only your ACCESS to that music VIA SPOTIFY will cease to exist. Go buy it (or lease access) from another source. If you're a music consumer and a music lover, you're going to save money with a subscription service, and you're going to be drooling over all the content you have ACCESS to. Even if you go buy CDs of your favorites, every true music lover should have some sort of music subscription, if only for the act of discovery.