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Thread started 08/08/15 8:38am

Militant

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For those of you that already listen to Prince via a streaming service.... Which one do you use?

It seems that the reaction to HITNRUN splits into two camps.

1) I already pay for streaming, but I use [x] service and I won't be switching to TIDAL.

2) I'm not interested in streaming! I want a physical release!


My perspective is a bit of both. I want a physical for collectors reasons, but I listen to music using Google Play Music, and I'm a paid subscriber (£7.99/month). Google Play Music allows you to upload your own collection as well as access their database, so if there were a physical release, I'd just rip it and put it on GPM.

Here's my reasoning : If I'm going to mostly listen to music in one place, there's gotta be a way for me to upload my own obscure and rare stuff that wouldn't be other available.



So for those of you who are in the first camp, which service would you use?

Second question - if you were to switch to another service, would it be TIDAL? If not, which one would it be?

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Reply #1 posted 08/08/15 8:52am

molove

I use Google Play. I Love the service!
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Reply #2 posted 08/08/15 9:13am

feeluupp

I used SPOTIFY... Was a shame to have Prince pull all his stuff there...

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Reply #3 posted 08/08/15 10:11am

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I don't pay to stream music. That's like paying to listen to the radio. I use Spotify and Pandora for free. Sure I have to listen to a couple of ads every now and again and I can't skip as many songs a I want and whatever other "service" they offer. That doesn't bother me in the least.

This is why Tidal is circling the toilet bowl anyway because they don't offer a free option and that 30 day free trial isn't going to cut it for folks that aren't willing to pay at all. shrug

Here's what bothers ME:

Prince died of an overdose of the drug Fentanyl. Of which, it is very highly fucking likely that he never even knew he'd taken.
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Reply #4 posted 08/08/15 10:34am

crenshaw

As someone who doesn't pay for any streaming service, there is something I'm not clear about: if you are a subscriber to Tidal, will you have to also pay for the Prince album? Or is it just part of your subscription?

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Reply #5 posted 08/08/15 10:36am

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I don't really stream, I make playlists of music I own or listen to the radio. Sometimes I'll listen to Soundcloud or Pandora, but I will not pay for a streaming service, not unless there's something more enticing (ie. remastered catalogue/unreleased extras), which hasn't occured yet.

This 'BIG' news is really no news. No one really cares about modern Prince music, so I'm really not sure how this benefits anyone except Prince, assuming he was paid upfront for the exclusive.

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Reply #6 posted 08/08/15 10:40am

SchlomoThaHomo

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I'm still rocking Launchcast circa '00. I can't tell you how many times I've heard Fire And Desire at this point.

"That's when stars collide. When there's space for what u want, and ur heart is open wide."
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Reply #7 posted 08/08/15 11:13am

terrig

I dont use streaming for my own personal music enjoyment....I play from my own collection of things I own. everything I NEED TO HEAR is on my phone so I can have music in the car, and THAT is my entire Prince/D'Angelo collections - driving = Prince, DAngelo, Lauryn Hill Mary J Blige and Florence & The Machine lololol

I did just sign up for applemusic, which i love. i use streaming mainly for 'throwaway music' i'd never buy. its useful for my business and all their workout/fitness playlists are easy for me to reccommend for my younger clients and it keeps me current with what they listen to and enjoy. (which - gahhhhh, poor things... will diplo stand the test of time? my 20's were so much better for music) however, i have purchased from some of the 'suggestions' applemusic made, which surprised me. so i'm actually making purchases i didnt expect to via the streaming.

I'm in the gym bsusiness so I use(d) spotify because i could have clients send me their fave playlists for their private sessions....and they loved having their own music be the backdrop for their one/one sessions

I use itunes dj podcasts ALOT - for all my fitness videos because i can tell my web members what to use to be able to use my fitness videos without any riaa problems. I dont need to put music in the video - they stream it on their own and i just float the title across the screen. this makes everyone happy because if people dont like it they can play what they do like....win/win


I consume music in alot of varied ways for varied reasons....which i think most people do...i buy music almost weekly for one reason or another. it's like breathing.

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Reply #8 posted 08/08/15 11:41am

RJOrion

if i cant buy a CD or Vinyl, im downloading and burning onto CD..i aint paying for no streaming service and using up my data....nah...it aint that serious

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Reply #9 posted 08/08/15 11:44am

Romeoblu

I don't currently use a streaming service but have been considering it.

I find now that 75% of the time when I listen to music I'm listening on a mobile device and have found the amazon cloud really handy. So I figured I could save quite a lot of money by using a streaming service. On average I spend about £30.00 a month on new music.

I was going to sign up to Spotify but now I might go with Tidal, probably the 9.99 option as I'm not a massive audiophile. My main question is are most things available? Is there a major difference in general between what is available on the different services?

Bart, these are rhetorical questions that I intend to research for myself before you get your oversized knickers in a twist.

however any advice from friendly orgers is welcome.
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Reply #10 posted 08/08/15 12:25pm

Guitarhero

I only use Spotify free.

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Reply #11 posted 08/08/15 1:04pm

Noodled24

I use Google Music but I don't pay to subscribe, I uploaded my own collection.

I'm quite happy to give Tidal a go. It's unlikely I'd switch to tidal as my main service because Google Play now has all my Prince boots uploaded. If he becomes an active Tidal user with plenty of content I'd be happy to keep up my subscription.

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Reply #12 posted 08/08/15 4:10pm

blacknote

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My Amazon Prime membership allows me to stream their entire music catalog ad-free without any additional cost. I don't use it much but I'm glad I have access to it. Also, 80% of my music library has been uploaded to Amazon cloud. I haven't considered any other streaming services.

I have a problem with paying to rent a music catalog without the ability to download and store the music on some kind of physical media.

However, if Prince & WB made the complete 14 minute version of Computer Blue available for download on Tidal; I would seriously consider signing up for a trial.

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Reply #13 posted 08/08/15 5:01pm

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crenshaw said:

As someone who doesn't pay for any streaming service, there is something I'm not clear about: if you are a subscriber to Tidal, will you have to also pay for the Prince album? Or is it just part of your subscription?



It's part of the subscription. Technically with streaming services you can't download and keep the music. Some of them offer the option to store a local version on your phone/computer but once you end your subscription you wont be able to play them anymore. There are ways to keep that stuff though.
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Reply #14 posted 08/08/15 5:05pm

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HatrinaHaterwitz said:

I don't pay to stream music. That's like paying to listen to the radio. I use Spotify and Pandora for free. Sure I have to listen to a couple of ads every now and again and I can't skip as many songs a I want and whatever other "service" they offer. That doesn't bother me in the least.



This is why Tidal is circling the toilet bowl anyway because they don't offer a free option and that 30 day free trial isn't going to cut it for folks that aren't willing to pay at all. shrug



Not having a free version is exactly why Prince is going with Tidal. What these artists don't seem to realize is streaming should be looked at as supplemental income, the same way radio was/is. The more income sources, the better. I guess that's too logical though....
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Reply #15 posted 08/08/15 6:11pm

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I've been a Rhapsody subscriber since 2009, and I love it. Access to millions and millions of songs. Always something new to discover. Offline downloads at 320 Kbps. It's great.

That being said, I also buy a lot of music. Streaming helps me be more selective about what I buy. I no longer need to buy stuff from used music stores to avoid breaking the bank.
"Drop that stereo before I blow your Goddamn nuts off, asshole!"
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Reply #16 posted 08/09/15 7:11am

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I've bought ALL of P's physical releases on CD at least.
Any songs or albums he's released via a website (NPG Club etc), I've downloaded via torrents etc.
Seeing as the next album will have an R&B feel to AGAIN mad , I'll just wait until it becomes available via the usual avenues.
Fark paying for online streaming.
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Reply #17 posted 08/09/15 11:08am

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I'm somewhere in between the 2 models described by Militant. I gave up on physical formats nearly 10 years ago, ripped all my CD's and sold them (for a 10th of what I'd paid them sad ) and ever since I listen only to digital music.

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However I want to own a copy of the music, I don't use streaming services if only because I currently live in Asia where connections are too slow and too unstable for relying only on streaming, but also because I am a collector and I enjoy having my own records collection. + anyway there's no streamin service in the world capable of providing everything I listen to, with a 4000+ albums collections on my drive I have lots of rarities that aren't on any streaming service, let alone all on a single one.

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Now I know someone will rip the new P album the minute it's out and share it, so I don't worry about owning a copy of it, but as long as it can't be purchased and downloaded IDK whether it should count as a proper release, or then so should everything that's been aired on TV, broadcast on radio and streamed online.

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