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Streaming or MP3s? by Jan-Lukas Else

I am every now and then thinking about switching back to MP3s. I don’t listen to music that often and when I buy an MP3 once, I can listen to it infinitely often and don’t have to pay every month. But I got so used to Spotify recommending me music that I like, that now I don’t even have an idea what artists the music is from. I wouldn’t know which artists to look for on a buying platform and how to discover new music.

I think I have no choice but to continue using Spotify (or any other streaming platform) or stop listening to music. And even if I switch to MP3s, where do I store them? How do I access them? Which app works best on my smartphone?

I wanted to quickly reply to Jan-Lukas’ post about using Spotify vs having a local music library. I’ve been a Spotify premium user for a few years now and I love their service. I pay £14.99/month for a family account, which allows for up to 6 premium accounts in the same household.

The added value of automated playlists based on what you have been listening to, and the fact that the music on offer is so vast, Spotify is a no-brainer for me.

I think £14.99/month is a very small price to pay. I know Spotify is proprietary software, but this very much comes under the pragmatism umbrella for me.

The alternative of manually maintaining a music library, then having to either copy it over to all my devices, or maintaining a self-hosted solution to stream it, is too much hassle. I’d much rather pay Spotify to do all that for me. I install the app, login and away I go. Simple.

If Spotify were to double their prices tomorrow, I think it would still be a good deal. Please don’t do that, Spotify!

This post is day 07 of my #100DaysToOffload challenge. If you want to get involved, you can get more info from https://100daystooffload.com.

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