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Are Music Subscriptions a Good Idea?

I had a good guffaw this morning with my co-workers over the old Columbia House deal from back in the day when you'd get 10 CDs for a penny, and agreed to buy a certain amount of CDs for a certain amount of time. At 14, the deal seemed like I was getting away with something crazy, but I realized later that I was in my first music subscription. It was also my last music subscription.

One of the cool things about the Zune is its subscription service — but for me, I like to own my music, not rent it, and sometimes I just don't keep up enough to make sure I'm getting my money's worth. That's how I feel about a subscription service in general, and not just the Zune's, which I have been thinking about since Microsoft tried to make it seem like having an iPod was a financial drain.

Not only that, Napster is offering a $5 a month deal for access to their entire music collection, and rumors of an iTunes subscription plan still persist.

Personally, the only thing I like to subscribe to are my Netflix discs and my magazines — other than that, I prefer to just pay once for what I'm getting and be done with it. What about you?

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nikkigz nikkigz 8 years
When I had the Zune Pass I loved it because it allowed me to discover more new music then I normally would. I really liked that I also got to keep 10 songs a month, so I after I canceled, I still have those songs. The only reason I had to cancel was because I'm a broke college student I couldn't really afford $15 a month this past semester. I am definitely going to subscribe again though, and if I remember right, I have the option of restoring my library when I do :)
ReelGirl ReelGirl 8 years
I have a Rhapsody account, but it's primarily just for scoring the new "free song of the day" download that they've been offering. I used to use the download cards from BB, but since I've been trying to save cash, actual CDs have been more appealing to me. That, and I like having a tangible copy of my music.
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 8 years
I subscribe to Rhapsody and I LOVE it. I listen to way more music than I could possibly fit on my I-pod, so a music subscription really makes sense for me. At home I have ditched all my CDs due to lack of space and now I listen to music by wirelessly streaming from I-tunes or Rhapsody to my stereo. I listen to Rhapsody while I'm at work, too.
Sasseefrass Sasseefrass 8 years
I'd try out the Zune Pass if we could get it here in Canada. When you get to keep 10 tracks a month, it seems like a decent deal. I've lost count of how many times I've bought or downloaded an entire cd only to find I don't listen to most of the tracks. That said, I currently use to preview tracks/albums I'm considering. I can't take it on the road, but I do get a better idea of what I like.
wasah wasah 8 years
the last time i bought music was when i bought the hanson CD a couple of years ago. now i only listen to music either on youtube or
smaine07 smaine07 8 years
I hate I-tunes.. I always buy the CD.. There are a few reasons for this. I like having the album art..and my music isn't going to disappear after I've paid for it (My computer got a virus and I lost ALL my 18,000 songs on I-Tunes..the ones I had paid for on I-Tunes were a loss.. SO Mad..)
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 8 years
i just want to own my music as much as you can own it these days. haha.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
I wasn't saying it was different from buying a CD, I know it's the same thing.
SB-Marilyn SB-Marilyn 8 years
Chouette, when you buy a CD you are only buying a license to play it. You can't take this CD you own and put that music in a movie. You can't even legally put it as a sound track to a home movie that you put on As for myself I don't want to rent my music as there is music that I have owned for over two decades that I still like to listen to when I want to listen to it. Not to say that this method might not work wonderfully for other people. I can't do Netflix very well either so this is probably just an issues with me. :-)
margokhal margokhal 8 years
There's not many songs or movies that I am willing to pay for in the first place, whether it be part of a subscription service or iTunes licenses. Either I'll go out and buy the CDs/DVDs myself, or I'll download the song for free. If I really like it, then I'll pay for the CD. Paying for music in general though? XP.
Chouette4u Chouette4u 8 years
"I like to own my music, not rent it," I'd like to point out that you never actually own your music. If you purchase a song on iTunes, you are really just buying a license to play it.
Katharine Katharine 8 years
I'm not a huge fan of them but I am thinking about the Napster one because you get the 5 downloads which is what I would pay for a song (about 99 cents for 5 songs)on iTunes and that is about what I pay a month anyway on new music.
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