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Why use a music subscription service?

Back when I started this blog, one of my first posts was an explanation of why I think using music subscription services is a good idea.  With the recent huge amount of publicity given to Spotify’s launch, I’m seeing lots of the old canards surfacing when people discuss it (“I’d rather own than rent”, “Why pay when I can use Pandora/LastFM/etc.”, and others).

I thought it would be a good time to link to this initial post.  Even though the “landscape” has changed a bit, especially with Spotify’s generous free level of service, most of my points are still relevant, so I thought I’d resurface it again.

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Why CloudMusic?

The last few months have seen an explosion of subscription music services for owners of Android and iOS devices.  None of these services is perfect, and they each have some unique strengths and weaknesses.  The major services that this blog will cover include:

  • Mog
  • Thumbplay
  • Rhapsody
  • Napster
  • Rdio

The criteria for what services are covered: they have one or more applications for a mobile device such as an Android Phone, iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch, and that they also have a corresponding way to access the service via PC/Mac/Notebook.  They also must expose a multi-million song library to the user that allows them to specify exactly what songs they wish to hear and allow them to create customized playlists.  

Services like Pandora, Slacker Radio (in its current form), and LastFM are great, but outside the scope of this blog other than the occasional mention because they do not provide this sort of flexibility.  

Spotify is one notable exception I’ll cover more in the future once it’s available in the U.S.  I used to use Zune Pass too, and still hold it in high regard, and may also cover that more if/when WinMo 7 phones come out with a Zune Pass option. Slacker has also announced that they will offer a more full-fledged subscription service later this month, so I will certainly cover that too as soon as it is released.

Finally, this blog will service to clear up many common misconceptions that people have regarding music subscription services.  There are certainly valid reasons that these may not be a good idea for some people based on their music listening habits (or lack thereof), but many people seem to dismiss these sorts of services offhand, and that’s a shame because they can be a source of great enjoyment for music lovers for around $10 a month or less in most cases.

My first posts (coming later tomorrow and over the next few days) will include:

  • Clear up some common misconceptions about ‘cloud’ or subscription music services, along with a general review of the pros and cons of music subscription services, and why you might have more fun “renting” music more than “owning” it.
  • A quick overview of the major players generally available in the U.S.
  • First draft of a rough guide to choosing the best music subscription service for yourself
  • What’s on the horizon for fans of music subscription services

I’ll also share some of my favorite music discoveries as I use these various services and hope that eventually other people reading this blog will share their favorites here as well, especially music by lesser-known artists or overlooked genres that you’d like to let other people know about.

More to come soon!


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