If you are anything like me, you remember the days of discovering new music from your favourite radio station.
Or maybe you just sifted through the thousands of offerings at Sam the Record Man (I kinda miss that place) looking at all the cool album artwork trying to decide what CD to spend your hard-earned money on.
We have come a long way since those days. In 2015 it’s possible to carry the entire catalog of The Rolling Stones, The Beatles and Led Zeppelin on a device so small it fits in your pocket thanks to the advent of digital music files. For years we collected and hoarded songs filling countless hard drives with sonic bliss. Well, we no longer need to sacrifice that precious hard drive real estate. Enter the digital subscription service.
For the last few months I have been using Spotify as my primary music source. And, in my opinion, this is the best option I have ever had. Spotify is a streaming music service which allows access to millions of songs and thousands of playlists, all of which are available from your phone, tablet or home computer. There is even an option to make any song or playlist “available offline” so you can save your precious data plan. Never before has it been so easy to discover new music.
Today I got an email from Spotify informing me that my run as a digital freeloader is over. My 3 month .99 cent subscription is up. It’s time to decide if I want to pay the $9.99 a month to become a subscriber. Sign me up!
Many people balk at the idea of paying for music since the rise of illegal downloading. I personally haven’t found the need to download music since using this service. I think the peace of mind alone is worth the cost of admission.
If you are looking for a great way to discover new music while enjoying access to all your favorites, I suggest checking out Spotify. Enjoy!
– The Dude