Music has changed so much since the first phonograph was invented. iCloud and streaming services has permanently changed music forever. In fact, not only has music changed, but how we get our movies too! We’ve gotten to the point that, as soon as bandwidth becomes faster (actually we have the ability, but the ISPs don’t allow it), movie theaters just may be a thing of the past (especially as good HDTV brands have become extremely affordable now). These days you can build a little mini theater right in your home, and don’t have to worry about someone else uncontrolled kids; or have to worry about someone’s big hair disrupting your view of the movie. I dream of the day, that we no longer have to worry about the high priced popcorn and snacks at the counter; dealing with rude employees; and saving money on travel. Even if I had to pay a little more for a movie, I recon it will still be cheaper than a trip to the theater. LOL I feel very sorry for people who still procrastinate learning technology; These are the very same people who would pay high prices for Pay-per-view.
However, as much as I love this new technologies and the new way we receive our entertainment, I realize we’ve also lost a lot as well. As a collector, things like “limited edition memorabilia” will practically be extinct. But even more importantly, because we are now in the age of “licensing to hear a song (or movie),” and more and more companies like Rhapsody have gone solely subscription, if a license has expired on an old song, you no longer have an option to purchase that song. The only thing you can do really is write a request for that song or album again, or hunt for it on the internet, and hope you find it. This can actually create another huge problem. We all know the music industry is a bunch of greedy wolves, all the CD’s for popular classic artists will all magically become “imports.” The word “import” will allow the music label to charge you 50x more the CD’s value. A good example is Donna Summer. I’ve seen a couple of her CD’s that said “import” on it, however when you look at the text on the packaging, it will say NY, NY.; for this they are allowed to change an insane price. Not only that, when Donna died, one of her albums called “Another Place In time (1989),” could not be found anywhere on the streaming services (not even iTunes had it at the time). The CD was insanely priced; and it wasn’t until the news of her death died off, the album was made available for streaming and iTunes. We can’t blame the artists for this! You want to support your artists, but the music industry is fucked up towards the fans.
I’m pretty sure there will become a time when streaming services will be the only way we receive our entertainment, and it will literally put piracy to a full halt. Using torrents will one day be seen as primitive and nonsensical. I never had a problem purchasing my music and movies, so long as it is of good quality, the price is reasonable, and extras such as, sound/pdf/movie clips, etc.
I got to be honest though, in terms of movies, there is so much CRAP on television that cable companies should be ashamed of themselves changing the money they do for these dumb as reality TV shows. Honestly, it’s probably better to just get basic cable, and you’ll come out cheaper with both HULU and Netflix together; and choose what ever movie you want, when you want it, and how much you want it. Lets just hope the streaming services will stay affordable; Otherwise people will be recording movies off their TV using their cellphones… LOL
Yesterday I found a real nice classic oldies album on Rhapsody that had all my favorite songs on it. However, only Volume 3 was available. So I decided to browse my favorite site (amazon) to see if they had the rest of the Volumes; but unfortunately they only have Vol. 3 as well. Then I decided to browse Google Play, and unfortunately they only had Vol. 3 too. However, I happen to notice there was a HUGE price difference between the two. Amazon is selling the same album for $8.99, and Google Play is selling the same album for $5.99! Holy cow! Now, I understand how the music industry works (especially when it comes to streaming); no one company is going to have every music known to man in their library; it’s just a fact. However, I should not expect to see about a 50% markup on another competitor’s site which is also digital. I can understand if it was a physical CD, because now there is more value because it’s an original; not only that, it could be worth exponentially more if it turns out to be a collector’s item. Now, having said this, that doesn’t mean that I still don’t think Google sucks ass, because it still does as a streaming service. But by all means, there is no reason not to get the sale from Google (especially since it is DRM free), it’s all about who’s cheaper for the same music! On the real, we need to have a more even and standardized prices for full albums (especially the classics). Unfortunately, the music industry is so powerful that nobody can regulate them. Lesson for this class is, we have to “window shop” around for music digitally in the same way we “window shop” for good deals on clothes, food, etc. Hope this helps newbies.
Interesting article on Rhapsody’s blog. I was just complaining that it didn’t appear that Rhapsody was doing enough promotion. Well, unbeknown to me, they actually were. Rhapsody is working on promoting their music stream services under the brand name Napster, internationally. I thought this was interesting, I didn’t realized they kept the name “Napster” after they bought out the company. Napster got such a bad rap after the music industry literally tore it a new a-hole in the 90’s (I think it was). Anyway, according to this article they are making plenty of deals, and it looks like they are blowing up in Latin America and Europe. Check out the article here. BTW, Rhapsody music library has reached a little over 34+ million songs! That’s 32 more million classic possibilities! Take THAT Crapify!