Probably a dumb question...

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  1. Mitch Rapp macrumors member

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    Where does everybody get their music? Do you all buy all of your music from iTunes. I don't mind paying, but after a while it gets kind of expensive! Is there someplace that's not as hard on the wallet?

    Sorry for the ignorant question, but I'm more used to going down to the local record shop waaaaaay back in the day and "taping" my music from the radio!
     
  2. penajmz macrumors 68030

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    It used to be iTunes but now I have Apple Music and don't really need to buy music.
     
  3. applegeek01 macrumors 6502

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    I use Apple Music. It's pretty affordable and convenient
     
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    Was Spotify, then Rdio, then Beats Music, now Apple Music. I haven't bought a song from iTunes in 3 years.
     
  6. Mitch Rapp thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you everyone. How about offline options?
     
  7. wwohl macrumors regular

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    I'm not sure about Apple Music, but all of my Spotify playlists are downloaded for offline listening. That also cuts down on data usage
     
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    You can download any song or playlist for offline playback on Apple Music.
     
  9. SumYoungGai macrumors 6502a

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    Apple Music or Spotify are $10/month each, and you can listen to all the music you want + keep music downloaded offline for when your connection is spotty. It's a lot cheaper than purchasing all your songs and it's a lot more convenient than physical media.
     
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    To those with Apple Music, can you keep songs you've downloaded if you choose to end your subscription?
     
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    No.
     
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    No question is a stupid question. Unless it's a really stupid question. I don't think I'd have the patience to be a parent. :oops: Anyway, a little story to explain my reasoning...

    Waaaay back when, after upgrading from 56K to broadband (woah, you can use the phone at the same time as browsing the Internet!), downloading music through eMule/Limewire was pretty much the norm. That's how I discovered all the music I liked, really. It was a painstaking process of sifting through terrible bitrate/quality issues, avoiding viruses (Tupac_discography.exe), and piecing together an album from what a Google search told you the tracklisting was.

    When I found myself listening to a specific band more and more, I made the conscious decision to save up my hard-earned and ponied up for the album. The quality would really impress me and it was great to have something physical in your hand.

    Downloading was the way to discover the music. After all, who would blindly pay £15 for an album they've never heard -- especially if they're of a much younger generation and don't have disposable income?

    These days, we've got things like Apple Music and Spotify. I really think they're fantastic compared to what the alternative was, and a lot of people don't remember the state of things before big companies really started to take music streaming seriously. You can play/discover songs free of charge, or through a trial. Every play is guaranteed to be of consistent quality, and you know something goes towards the artist. Even if they're shavings of a penny, or even if it just means that their play count goes up by one, it's something.

    I always think that if there's a legal, reasoned and convenient way to do something, people won't be as tempted to take the pirating route.

    TL;DR: Streaming all the way to discover, listen, and create playlists. But if you really, really love an album, I'd still say you should buy it to support that artist a little more. :)
     
  14. Steve686, Sep 14, 2016
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    Downloadable on Apple Music.

    Only problem I have....

    I like to keep the music on my phone. When you 'add' a song to your library, it doesn't get automatically downloaded to your phone. You have to manually do that. (I already know the phone symbol shows up next to a song that is DL'd).

    I wish there was an option to 'list music' that is in your library, but not downloaded physically to your phone so I can download them. I keep turning off the option to stream through cellular and I come across songs all the time that aren't actually on my phone. 256gb in the new 7 series makes space for me a non issue.
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    I'm trying to find out if the artists get paid more in the long run if you listen to their song 1,000 times on a streaming service, or if you pay for the album one time earning the artist their royalty?

    I think they also get gold and platinum 'bonuses'?
     
  15. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    That's a good question. I'm honestly not too sure. But for the ones I really love, I buy their albums, buy the vinyls, buy the shirts, go see them live, and listen to them on Spotify at work too :D

    So I'm hoping I've got all the bases covered!
     
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    So you remember Metallica and the Napster days, huh?

    I freaked and deleted like 8,000 songs in fear of getting sued by them. Lol.

    But, they do put on a great show.
     
  17. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

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    Yep! I'm ashamed to say I'm a little petulant when it comes to Metallica, though.

    I've previously pirated their music, listened to it, deleted it, and downloaded it again. I'm not even joking. I just imagine Lars' dumb face, with his big throbbing vein and stupid cabbage-looking grimace, getting steadily redder at the thought.

    However, my hatred for Lars transcends emotion, so that's more an exception to the rule!
     
  18. unglued macrumors member

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    Same here sort of. I prefer CD's raw quality and copy to iTunes uncompressed and sync to my phone takes up lots of storage space but thanks to the new phones larger capacity no problems...finally.

    I stopped downloading from iTunes long ago when I found out they were ripping us off selling 128K quality music I think they since bumped it up to 256K still unacceptable. And yes I can tell the difference in sound quality you don't hear the clear separation everything is muffled together.
     
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    Spotify premium, its great because other people in your house can join and you can share your account! PLUS YOU GET OFFLINE MUSIC, really is the best as others have already stated!
     
  20. unglued macrumors member

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    I remember working with couple guys who got fired re-using decommissioned servers at work to tap into Napster and open music to everyone in our group, the days when Novell was Microsoft's worst fear. It was crazy how everyone at work had easy access to thousands of bands.

    Metallica yes all professionals when you hear them live they have the sound engineering all figured out.
     
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    Just do Apple Music. At $10/month it's really a no brainer.
     
  22. Mitch Rapp thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you everyone for your replies. I think I'll go the Apple Music route!
     
  23. i hate phones macrumors 6502a

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    There is an option in Settings -> Music - > Automatic Downloads "Automatically download music when added to your Library so you can play it offline"
     
  24. Steve686 macrumors 68030

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    Ahh thanks!

    I'm on a Samsung S7 edge right now.

    My iPad Pro does have this option and a window pops up when you pick a song when viewing an album asking if you want to automatically download.
     
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