Thursday, July 17, 2008

STILL HATING ON MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTIONS

Jason had an insightful post on newspapers in the Internet Age on his blog wherein he suggested we donate to keep the watchdogs of the press going. In an aside, he mentioned subscriptions for music:

To be honest, it's the same thing with music downloads. I've been screaming for monthly subscriptions for years now, and they're still not here. (At least not on the scale of an iTunes or Amazon.)
Of course, I had to respond.

Jason:

I'm sorry to hear you've been screaming for years--you must be very hoarse. I believe the service you're looking for is called Rhapsody. I don't know what counts as "the same scale", but they have ads on TV. I don't know why anyone would pay $12.99/month to rent music, though. I want to own my music, I don't want some company to be able to take my access away or jack up the price at a whim. Rhapsody's main market must be people who don't own much music, have a lot of electronic devices but no interest in learning about podcasts or Internet radio, and have tastes that change on a monthly basis---AKA teenagers. Podcasts are free, internet radio is free, LastFM is free, Pandora is free, Songbird is free, making any streaming Internet audio into a podcast is one-time cost of $15, so why pay $156/year to sample new stuff?

If an internet radio station is good enough, make a donation. Radio stations also add news, personalities, tour dates, and other added value in addition to the songs themselves, so that's another aspect worth rewarding. I admit I am very anti-subscriptions. I don't have cable and I won't get a PVR because of the monthly fees. I will buy the occasional TV show on AppleTV. Netflix and certain magazines are the only subscriptions that are worth it on a quality-vs-cost basis.

4 comments:

dr_somneblex said...

And that is why my friends, you must always consult with the knowledgeable JFro, the best online media consultant around, when you have questions about the availability of any sort of Internet media resources!

Jason Herrboldt said...

And have one you shall. intothefuture@gmail.com.

Jason Herrboldt said...

OK, so I'm a little bit slow. I just figured out who you are! You're the Andrea I met through Tom! Why didn't I see it before? (Garr...) I even Google Mapped your address and everything, and yet it still didn't click until this very moment. And hey, as it turns out, my friend Michael lives like 2 blocks from you up on Marshall. We should have a mind meld over iced espressos sometime.

ash966 said...

Sounds good, Jason!


--Andrea