Why I’m not an Apple Music subscriber
Posted by Chance on January 2, 2016
I normally buy 1 or 2 albums a month, so subscribing to Apple Music would probably make financial sense for me. But why don’t I?
To explain this, let’s go back to the Napster days. I could download any song I want for free. This made music discovery great, but it also made music disposable. It would be no big deal for me to download a song and only listen to it once. I had a catalog of songs that really didn’t mean anything to me.
Once I had a full time job, I decided to only get songs that I purchased legitimately. It trimmed down my catalog, but I only had songs that I thought were worth purchasing.
And that’s the issue with Apple Music. I can download almost any song I want; getting music is that easy. It’s great for discovering new music, or avoiding purchases on albums that I just don’t like. At the same time, however, I have a catalog of songs that don’t mean that may have little worth to me. Instead of having a smaller catalog of albums or songs that have enough value for me to pay for them; I have a huge catalog of albums that I may never actually take the time to listen to all the way through.
However, I still like the idea of being able to listen to essentially any album I want, or at least test driving an album. For that, the Spotify streaming option on my PC is sufficient for me. For albums that I truly enjoy, I’ll make the financial investment. If I was willing to spend the money, I would probably pay for the Apple Music subscription. Right now, however, it’s a choice between Apple Music or buying albums, and I’ll pick the latter.