Anyone else ditching iTunes for Spotify?

Anthony T

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I've come to realize how great the Premium subscription of Spotify can be. For $10 a month, you have unlimited music. You can even make your own playlists and save them, as well as save entire artists' catalogs to your music library, just like a regular iPod.

Of course, I have a few select artists that I really love and I'll still buy their music on iTunes no matter what, but I really think it's great not having to pay $1.29 per song when you can pay $10.00 a month and listen to whatever you want.

Think of how much money you can save a month and even in a year. Not to mention if you listen to the majority of your music through Spotify, it will eliminate the need for an iPhone with a higher storage capacity.

Anyone else agree?
 

Primejimbo

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I won't. I stop my subscription for any reason, what do I have to show for? I'm interested what Apple will do with Beats.

Think of how much money you can save a month and even in a year. Not to mention if you listen to the majority of your music through Spotify, it will eliminate the need for an iPhone with a higher storage capacity.

Anyone else agree?
And I have iTunes Match, so I don't need a higher storage capacity also.
 

Anitramane

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I borrow Cds at the library (there are tons) and rip them in lossless for free. Completely legal and free. A great way of getting a lot of legal music.

Spotify never interested me much.
 

pdjudd

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Completely legal and free.
Until you have to return those CD's. You don’t own any rights to the music to rip them when you no longer have the CD in your possession. Once you return it, it’s the same as ripping your friends copy of a CD. It’s not allowed.
 

csixty4

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Consider giving Google Music All Access a try. They have a big catalog like Spotify, and you can also upload your personal collection for those harder-to-find tracks Google doesn't have.
 

roadbloc

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I borrow Cds at the library (there are tons) and rip them in lossless for free. Completely legal and free. A great way of getting a lot of legal music.
Legal until your return the CD. Then your copies are officially illegal.
 

576316

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I borrow Cds at the library (there are tons) and rip them in lossless for free. Completely legal and free. A great way of getting a lot of legal music.

Spotify never interested me much.
I'm pretty sure that isn't legal. In theory, it's illegal to rip any CD you didn't directly pay for yourself. Because the record label loses money of what could have been a possible sale.
 

AxoNeuron

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Until you have to return those CD's. You don’t own any rights to the music to rip them when you no longer have the CD in your possession. Once you return it, it’s the same as ripping your friends copy of a CD. It’s not allowed.
Indeed. In fact, I am reporting him to the authorities as we speak :rolleyes:

Spotify is nice but I prefer to actually have the music stored on my device so I don't have to stream over cellular data, which is not very efficient.
 

StevenB14

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Spotify is nice but I prefer to actually have the music stored on my device so I don't have to stream over cellular data, which is not very efficient.
A Spotify premium subscription allows you to do just that. You can sync for offline listening.
 

sixrom

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Consider giving Google Music All Access a try. They have a big catalog like Spotify, and you can also upload your personal collection for those harder-to-find tracks Google doesn't have.
I've learned the terrific value of Google Play All Access Music and now use it nearly exclusively, at home, in my car, and at the gym.

Recent rumors suggest Google may acquire Spotify, a blockbuster deal that would be amazing.
 

AxoNeuron

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A Spotify premium subscription allows you to do just that. You can sync for offline listening.
Yeah but why pay a monthly fee? I don't buy music very often and most of my music library is from CD's.

Nothing against spotify. I just like a feeling of ownership over music I buy, I suppose I'm old fashioned.
 

jonblatho

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No. My bandwidth at home and my data plan don't allow for it.

Plus, as others have said, I don't want to be locked into paying $10 per month to keep my music forever. When the subscription isn't renewed, all that money you spent is effectively down the drain.
 

StevenB14

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When the subscription isn't renewed, all that money you spent is effectively down the drain.
Not really. You are paying to use the service for each month. Not exactly down the drain.

I love having a Spotify subscription for use on my iPhone. Much easier and quicker to sync music for offline use rather than having to get to your computer and sync from iTunes.

Don't get me wrong, I still buy music for those albums I want in my collection. In fact, having the Spotify subscription has probably got me buying more music than before. It gives me the opportunity to listen to albums that previously I wouldn't have bothered because I didn't want to buy it on a whim.
 

johnnnw

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I did a while ago. $10 a month is like buying one album.

I'd rather have unlimited access to all music, and even offline download listening.

Spotify and similar has murdered album sales I imagine.
 

cube

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I ditched Spotify for Deezer, as they did not have a BlackBerry World app.
 

roadbloc

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When I used Spotify, BB10 was at 10.2.0, which had somewhat weaker support for Android native APIs, so it did not work.
Aha, fair play. I can confirm it works just fine on 10.2.1.2977 (Blackberry Q10). :)
 

cube

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Aha, fair play. I can confirm it works just fine on 10.2.1.2977 (Blackberry Q10). :)
OK, but I still prefer supporting a company that bothered repackaging their Android app for BlackBerry World, and tested it. And if their app goes further and is actually Made For BlackBerry, even better.
 
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jonblatho

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Not really. You are paying to use the service for each month. Not exactly down the drain.

I love having a Spotify subscription for use on my iPhone. Much easier and quicker to sync music for offline use rather than having to get to your computer and sync from iTunes.

Don't get me wrong, I still buy music for those albums I want in my collection. In fact, having the Spotify subscription has probably got me buying more music than before. It gives me the opportunity to listen to albums that previously I wouldn't have bothered because I didn't want to buy it on a whim.
Say you spend 5 months at $10/month building a library of 500 songs. That's 100 songs a month for $10, not too bad.

You choose not to renew the subscription because you need the extra money for Christmas or something. What do you have to show for the $50 you just spent?

It's down the drain. You have zero music for $50, plus you get to rebuild your library elsewhere should you move to another service.

And once again, some of us don't have the bandwidth to use Spotify without paralyzing our home networks.