Following on from my previous post Digital communism is bad I want to share a little journey I have been on regarding music streaming services.
The future of the music industry is interesting to say the least and Apple launching their streaming service was a huge blow to artists who rely on actual album sales (as opposed to the pittance they get from steaming services).
As a musician I can relate, and yet I still use the streaming service because it works for my life. And I have been pretty sold on Apple Music. However I do have a collection of mp3's I have either bought directly from artists or downloaded from Noisetrade. So I did what Apple said and loaded it into my iTunes and let it upload to the cloud.
I became increasingly frustrated as I initially thought these songs were greyed out on my phone due to an initial glitch in the system, but they are still greyed out. Apple are telling me that I do not have license to listen to songs I bought with my own money directly from the artist. Absolute madness. That's like EMI walking up to me in my car and saying, sorry sir, you bought that CD in America, please hand it to us and move along!
Google Play is not a bunch of communists. They're hippies. They like to keep things loose and free. They go on silent retreats and get a Dula to bring their children into the world. So when I discovered Google Play Music the other day I found it intriguing, and even more so when I saw how open they are with your library. At any time you can download the songs in your Google Play cloud to your hard drive. Also, you simply tell Google Play Music Manager where your bought mp3's are, it loads them to the cloud and they are available to be listened to. No drama. No communism.
It's now on principle, even though it will cost us an extra 20 bucks (ZAR) every month because they don't offer family sharing in South Africa yet, that I want to move my wife and I over to Google Play Music.
For my friends overseas, Spotify is still not available here in South Africa, so not relevant to my argument. Although I here it's a very viable alternative.