In 2012, the internet has an abundance of music streaming options. Rdio, Pandora, Spotify, and Grooveshark are some of the more popular options for streaming music. The idea is simple, you pay a monthly fee (or put up with ads + limits) and stream music by whatever artist you like, for as long as you like. I’m not a huge fan of this approach though. I listen to music on the subway a lot, where there’s no internet connection. Yes, some services offer offline options, but that usually only comes with a paid plan. Plus if you happen to end up underground without any music stored offline, then you’ve got nothing to listen to. I like having my music available 24/7/365, and in full 320kbps quality. And streaming tends to eat up data plans pretty quickly. Also, most streaming services don’t have the more obscure metalcore I listen to. They’ll have a couple popular bands but nothing too new or unknown. Flash memory is pretty cheap, so I think I’ll stick to having my music on my mp3 player instead of streaming it.
Plus, if the streaming site of your choice has a server issue or shuts down, you’re left with nothing but the money you wasted on the subscription.