Last week was a convenient window for Taylor Swift haters to come out. She pulled her songs from Spotify and now has the only debut album of 2014 to go platinum in one week. Is she a music creator advocate or a savvy business woman? Perhaps she is both.
Over the last few days I've listened to the "same" radio stations on both iTunes and Spotify. I've streamed music with wired, wireless and 3G connections. I've used headphones and speakers. I've created custom stations. I'm looking at variety, fit, quality, convenience and user experience.
The other day, a guitarist friend shared the philosophy that guides his music collection.
He still buys CDs, but only those titles he knows he will return to often -- music he's studying, his all-time favorite albums, etc.
Video may have killed the radio star, but free online music streaming services are putting the infamous Peer-to-Peer (P2P) music swiping services to rest. What is finally going to put the nail in the P2P business is not only free, but legal.