Apple music has just come out of its infancy. It now boasts 6.5 million paying subscribers just four months after its launch. On top of that, 8.5 million people are currently using the 90-day free trial version making a grand total of 15 million users.
It surprised that apple added an Android app on the google play store. For all you Android fans, you can grab it here.
I started using itunes back in 2003. It took a while for it to come to Canada, my home and native land. When it finally did, the music had DRM protection. I eagerly purchased over 1000 songs at 99 cents each. I would later learn that these songs could only be played on iTunes, or an iTunes compatible device. In retrospect, I should have taken the thousand dollars I used to pay for that DRM restricted music, and purchased apple stock instead. Can you imagine how much money I would have? Besides, I can now stream those same songs for free. Hindsight is 20/20 the say. That leads me to wonder, what will the future hold for music? Is streaming the end-all say-all? Back in 2003 I honestly thought that purchasing 99 cent songs would be the way of the future. Now I just have a hard drive full of songs that are restricted with DRM.
Believe it or not, I envision the future with a different kind of model. An add free model. As competitors Tidal, Spotify, Google music, and Rdio all make a race for customers, they hurl their prices downward. Between you and me, I think I’m going to spend the 10 dollars a month on apple stock instead of paying for their music subscription service. I don’t mind listening to that O’Reilly auto-parts jingle time and time again in the car. My future self in 2026 will thank me for not flushing 10 dollars a month down the drain.
I watch my younger peers listening to music on YouTube for free. While I do respect youtube’s new subscription service, I’m not going to pay for it. Why would anyone shell out more money for a music service when a movie streaming service (Netflix) offers a cheaper subscription service?
There are so many great alternatives out there for people looking to find new music without shelling out 120 dollars a year. Try soundcloud, or songza.
Please comment below and let me know what free alternatives you are using to stream your music.