Originally posted by Louzer
A killer subscription service would offer mega-huge playlists of various genres, sort of like a whole set of internet radio stations.
With the advantage of choosing what to play when you want to play it, not just what's currently being broadcast. Or, maybe pick some interesting-looking iMixes when you don't feel like making your own playlists.
Glad you and some other people are seeing the positives and interesting potential of this type of service. 8)
I don't understand the whining over price unless a person's stealing music. Assume a subscription service is $10/mo. and a CD costs $10. Personally, I'll listen to *a lot* more different music for that $120/yr. with a subscription than if I only bought a dozen CDs, some which I'll never listen to again and maybe just a few songs from some. Honestly, what percentage of your
CD (or even iTMS) collection is stagnating over time? Sure, it's satisfying having the luxury of spontaneity to choose and listen from what you own but that has its price, too, and a pretty high one if you're not ripping off your collection. Or you're content only listening to a small collection which, frankly, eventually gets boring.
I won't stop buying music because of a subscription service. And most of what I buy now isn't available on iTMS anyway. But I'd pay $10/mo. for the ability to explore
ITMS selections without any obligation
to buy. Then maybe I'll make some ITMS purchases because of new discoveries, while buying CDs for the higher quality.
Ideally, an ITMS subscription would be pay-as-you-go, without any long-term contract or obligation. Sort of like paying monthly utility bills. You stop paying, off goes the electricity, water, etc.
Such a service is clearly not for everyone and I really don't care who hates it, but fighting against it because of personal preference is selfish arrogance. Fortunately that attitude is minimal here... let it stay over on MacNN or wherever.