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Over the last few years, companies have been forced to deal with the problem of piracy. People were pirating for many reasons but for a lot of people, it was because the legal offerings were too expensive, absolutely terrible, or too expensive and absolutely terrible. Finally, however, things have started to change.

While some people are always going to pirate, for most, there is now less reason than ever to do so. Whether it’s because of free operating systems, streaming services, constant updates, or good family sharing, let’s look at why you no longer need to be a pirate.

Free Operating Systems

Smartphone operating systems like iOS and Android have changed what people expect from operating systems. Since their inception, all upgrades to the mobile operating systems have been free — even if you may be waiting a long time on Android. Apple started offering a free upgrade to OS X with Mountain Lion; Microsoft has followed suit with Windows 10 Windows 10 Upgrade - Free Doesn't Mean It Won't Cost Anything Windows 10 Upgrade - Free Doesn't Mean It Won't Cost Anything There's a catch to the free Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft understands its audience all too well; they are more likely to pay for the freedom of control, rather than for extra features. Read More .

While neither operating system is truly free — you need to be an existing Mac or Windows customer in order to upgrade to the latest version — they’re no longer an annual expense. Once you’re set up on one operating system, future updates aren’t going to cost you a penny.

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The days of seeing “This copy of Windows is not genuine” are numbered. Unless you build your own computer, it’s hard to buy one that doesn’t come with a preinstalled operating system. From here on out, there’ll be no need to pirate an operating system to dodge a massive initial or upgrade fee.

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Affordable Streaming Services

One of the biggest reasons you no longer need to pirate content is the availability of great streaming media services.

If you can get access to almost all the music you want for a reasonable monthly fee, then the hassle of managing an actual library stops being worth it The End of Ownership: Netflix, Spotify, and The Streaming Generation The End of Ownership: Netflix, Spotify, and The Streaming Generation Read More . Not every song you could want will be available Why Taylor Swift Is Wrong About Spotify Why Taylor Swift Is Wrong About Spotify In the past week Taylor Swift has pulled her music from Spotify, inspired countless song-pun laden headlines and reignited the debate about streaming music services. Read More , but for most people, there is enough music to keep you happy.

Spotify

Spotify is changing the music industry hugely. It’s cutting into Apple’s iTunes sales iTunes Sales Are Declining – Is This the End of Paid Music Downloads? iTunes Sales Are Declining – Is This the End of Paid Music Downloads? Spotify is replacing iTunes for many users – will that tend continue? Read More so much that they’ve had to launch Apple Music Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know Getting Started With Apple Music — What You Need to Know After the purchase of Beats last year, Apple has finally unleashed its streaming music service upon the world. Read More . It’s not just legitimate downloads either, Spotify is gutting piracy. An article from Music Business World earlier this year reports that music piracy has been virtually eliminated in Norway. The article claims that:

“A countrywide survey in December 2014 showed that just 4% of Norwegians under 30 years still used illegal file-sharing platforms to get hold of music. Even better for the worldwide industry, less than 1% of people under 30 years said that file-sharing was their main source of obtaining music.”

A huge number of people have already moved away from music piracy because of Spotify, Google Music, or Apple Music, and you should join them.

There aren’t only music streaming services. For movies and TV shows, there are plenty of streaming channels available Cut the Cord Forever With These 15 TV Streaming Channels Cut the Cord Forever With These 15 TV Streaming Channels Cable TV is in decline, as the internet provides cheap, on-demand entertainment. Here are 15 of the best TV streaming services to help you cut the cord. Read More .

The situation isn’t quite as good as with music, but there is still a lot of great content out there. Netflix and Amazon Prime are even producing must-watch original content How Amazon Stole the New Top Gear Away From TV How Amazon Stole the New Top Gear Away From TV Top Gear is dead... Long live Top Gear! Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May are reuniting for a new show on Amazon Prime, and we have all the details. Read More . Over the next few years, things are getting better. Netflix has a deal with Disney coming into effect next year that will bring movies from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and LucasFilm to the service. The Star Wars movies on Netflix is a big deal.

Even if the latest and greatest films aren’t available on one of the many movie streaming services, you can still rent most of them digitally from iTunes for around $5.

For a long time, piracy was the easiest option. Even if you wanted to get a movie or a song online, the services were too restrictive and the whole situation was awful. That’s just not the case any longer.

Monthly Subscriptions and Constant Updates

One of the most pirated pieces of software ever was Adobe’s Creative Suite. Cracked versions of Photoshop were available on every torrent site imaginable. While Adobe’s software was always worth the investment, for most people it was hard to shell out several thousand dollars in one go for it. Even worse, a few years down the line, Adobe would update everything and you’d need to pay more for the latest versions. It’s no wonder that some people took to The Pirate Bay to get it.

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It’s no longer possible to just buy the Creative Suite; it’s been rebranded as a subscription service, the Adobe Creative Cloud. With that, however, Adobe has made it much more affordable. The full suite with every app they make is available from $49.99 a month, while the most popular two apps, Photoshop and Lightroom, cost only $9.99 a month for the pair.

Adobe aren’t the only ones offering software subscriptions; Microsoft’s Office 365 starts at $6.99 a month An Introduction to Office 365 -- Should You Buy Into the New Office Business Model? An Introduction to Office 365 -- Should You Buy Into the New Office Business Model? Office 365 is a subscription based package that offers access to the latest desktop Office suite, Office Online, cloud storage, and premium mobile apps. Does Office 365 provide enough value to be worth the money? Read More for the entire Office suite of apps.

Other software vendors are beginning to offer their — once expensive and highly-pirated — software for an entirely reasonable monthly subscription.

While making everything more affordable is great, the other benefit of the software subscriptions services is that the latest updates are included. Adobe regularly pushes out app updates with new features rather than waiting and saving everything up for one big release.

With plans like these available, it’s really hard to justify pirating.

Family Sharing

Early digital services locked you — and only you — into using your content. If you were a single person living alone, this was fine; for couples and families, it just didn’t make financial sense. A pirated track could be freely shared between as many people as you liked.

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Now most streaming services offer some sort of sharing. Apple Music has family sharing, Spotify has Spotify Family, and Netflix supports multiple user profiles all on one account. Although they’re not unlimited, these give you a lot more freedom to share your media with your loved ones. There’s no longer a need to download media (legally or otherwise) just to share it.

The End of Piracy?

Piracy as we know it is almost at an end. Yes, there will always be some people doing it, but now the legal alternatives are beginning to catch up and offer a great service at a reasonable price. There’s still some way to come before every song and movie is available via subscription services, but for the time being, what we have is more than good enough for people to no longer need to pirate content.

For operating systems and software, the situation is similar. Prices — or at least up-front prices — have fallen dramatically for both. Photoshop isn’t several hundred dollars any more, it’s ten dollars a month. If you refuse to pay that much for one of the most powerful pieces of software available, then nothing will stop you pirating. For most people though, there’s just no need.

Do you still find the need to pirate software and media? Let us know why in the comments.

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  1. Said Bakr
    September 10, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    In addition to Windows 10 free upgrade, Linux distro. such as Ubuntu becomes more reliable and compatible with the majority of available hardware, getting resources about its usage becomes easier with the Internet and there are many acceptable replacements of free software that works perfectly with it.

  2. Bill
    July 31, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Just this week, I was trying to stream a TV show via the network's app. I have legitimate access to the network's channel and app, they validated my provider login.
    However, it was unwatchable. Buffering was horrible. My internet connection isn't the best , but more than enough.

    So I grabbed the torrent. 15 minutes later I was watching my show, great quality, sans commercials.

    I tried.

  3. GamerFromJump
    July 27, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    Well, downloading is useful for people who live in a region geoblocked by one of those services you laud. It's also useful for getting around the more censorious of governments (looking at you, China). Finally, it's a hedge against a company deciding it doesn't want to support something, or against license loss.

  4. Milo
    June 13, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    Ouch, Harry got owned ?

  5. Roman Podolyan
    October 3, 2015 at 10:22 am

    Hello Harry, the article that I read once, "The Lowdown on Warez", published on January 1st, 2007, is 8 years old and still lists more reasons to be a pirate than you counter:
    http://www.ngohq.com/?page=articles&go=page3&arc_id=125

    I'd like to recommend it to anyone who sees "end of piracy" anytime soon.

    Also, I'd like to ask if you ever thought about those people who are too young to have any good income, too old, unemployed, having wage next to minimum one or those billions of people who live in countries like India or China, not to mention even poorer one. Well, yes, you may don't want to know about anyone behind your circle, but believe me, even living on the other end of the world I can learn about them, that 50$ subscription is still too much for millions even in the USA.

  6. Rafa Melo
    October 2, 2015 at 7:42 am

    wELL I WAS gonna COMMENT but I SEE YOUR IN LIKEFUN BUTNOT Hands. Good Night. Harry Guinness When You Code In VB You Use To Have The Habbit Of Using Initial Case Format for Comments AND References.

  7. likefun butnot
    September 22, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Another issue with streaming video services, aside from the number needed to access content: Generally lower quality. This can mean loss of multi-channel soundtracks or "HD" quality that is in reality most comparable to DVD resolutions. The streaming clients for different platforms actually behave differently. Netflix on a desktop web browser will play with different audio and video quality than Netflix for Xbox 360 or for Android, even on the same internet connection. I'd rather rent a BD and rip it myself.

    Streaming music doesn't work well for me either. The music that I like is not sufficiently well curated by any major streaming site. I do tend to buy music, but I'm aware of at least a couple less than legal file sharing communities that cater to my interests better than Pandora or Spotify.

    As for pirating Adobe software: I don't believe it's moral to give Adobe access to resources. I would prefer that everyone ignore it so that it goes away and stops existing, but if someone IS going to use Adobe software, at least be a decent enough human to pirate it. Adobe does not deserve to have money.

    • Harry Guinness
      September 23, 2015 at 12:58 am

      What's your beef with Adobe?

      • likefun butnot
        September 23, 2015 at 1:49 am

        @Harry Guiness,
        1. Adobe's security practices are abominable. Truly. That is not hyperbole. Adobe is the font from which web insecurity springs. Adobe updates one of the helper applications. Millions of people are told there's an update, promptly click "Ignore" and therefore become vulnerable to the next round of javascript exploits targeting outdated Acrobat Reader and Flash versions. And for those who DO update, the hilarious news is that Adobe's web helpers don't have zero DAY exploits, they have zero MINUTE exploits.

        2. Adobe's unresponsive sales and licensing practices. Until the Creative Cloud, every time I had a licensing change in Adobe software, it'd be a week or 10 days before I heard back from anybody at the company. It really felt like they didn't even want to take our money. So I'd have conversations with my web people like "Yeah, I don't care where your copy comes from. Just make sure it doesn't hose your computer. We'll be legal, uh... sooner or later." With Creative Cloud I just see how much money goes out the door every month, mostly in the name of applications that aren't being used but technically kinda-sorta MIGHT be.

        3. In addition to the security issues, Flash is super bad for a bunch of other reasons that any decent computer geek already knows. CPU hogging, browser-crashing, unsearchable-content-creating badness all the way around. Was it that bad when it was a Macromedia product? Yeah, probably. Now it's an even worse idea that's compounded by its ubiquity.

        Adobe does make some weird, random software aside from Flash and Acrobat and the Creative Suite crap, but for a vendor whose products should be such a tiny and unobtrusive part of my work in IT, it creates more work for me than probably any three other software vendors I deal with.

  8. A41202813GMAIL ..
    September 22, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Navy Personnel Usually Shows A Lot Of Good Sense When They Have To Reply To Questions Like Your Last One:

    Do Not Ask, Do Not Tell.

    ---

    As For Me, I Will Take The Fifth.

    Cheers.

    • fcd76218
      September 22, 2015 at 2:02 pm

      "Do Not Ask, Do Not Tell."
      US Military ended that policy a few years ago. :-)

    • Harry Guinness
      September 23, 2015 at 12:57 am

      I'm curious, Why Do You Type Like This?

      And yeah, not speaking because it will incriminate you is pretty incriminating in the comments section of an article!

      • A41202813GMAIL ..
        September 23, 2015 at 2:21 am

        Policies May End But Nobody Has To Trust Them.

        ---

        We Have Already Talked About This, Some Months Ago.

        It Is Just The Output Of A CHROME Extension.

        Cheers.

  9. Alex James
    September 22, 2015 at 8:29 am

    Wow this crap is so dense it sinks straight to the bottom of the toilet bowl. The issue with online streaming services is that you need multiple services to access them all, and you have to be online to do so. RIP if you have an unstable internet connection, or one that isn't fast enough to do proper HD video. Plus piracy has actually been on the rise, not in decline.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 24, 2015 at 10:01 am

      Got numbers to back up the claim that piracy is on the rise, not decline, Alex? Not arguing with you, but the article above has data, so if you provide counter data, it helps.

  10. Robert Michaud
    September 22, 2015 at 4:55 am

    No need to pirate?

    Lol. Okay.

    50 bucks a month for adobe software... lol

    • Christopher Maciulaitis
      September 22, 2015 at 6:11 am

      To be honest, this is the only real reason I am a pirate. The amount of times I use abode per month is near zero.

      The GCSB: Spends millions spying on you, sends you the bill.

      You guys at the GCSB did not read this...

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 22, 2015 at 6:37 am

      Yeah, 50 bucks seems a lot to me too. However, $10 for Photoshop + Lightroom for professional photographers/graphic designers? That's a fantastic deal. If you rely on those two programs to be productive, then $10 is totally worth it. If not, there are still plenty of alternatives, right?

    • Harry Guinness
      September 23, 2015 at 12:55 am

      50 bucks a month for an entire suite of professional apps? Yeah it's a bargain. If you actually use the apps, it's worth every penny. I spent upwards of 40 hours a month using them and they return far more money than I spent. It's this thing called an "expense".

      • Gavin Phillips
        October 5, 2015 at 12:18 pm

        You're right. Those professional users who need access but cannot afford the sometimes astronomical payments need subscription services to survive.

  11. Dale Reid
    September 22, 2015 at 12:50 am

    Have fun trying to stream everything when your internet is down and you don't have service to use your cellular data.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 22, 2015 at 6:35 am

      I'm with you on this, Dale. The major barrier, especially in non-developed countries like India, is reliable internet connectivity. Till that is resolved, it's hard to see piracy dying here.

    • Andrew Swan
      September 22, 2015 at 11:49 am

      At least with most music streaming services, you can cache songs offline to minimise your data usage. That feature alone makes Spotify worth the $12 a month I pay for it...

      Caching offline would be a god send with Netflix...

    • Harry Guinness
      September 23, 2015 at 12:54 am

      Or there's a power cut. Or your phone runs out of battery. Then nothing works! The horror.

      With many of the options above, like Spotify, you can download stuff to listen to offline. If you're renting movies off iTunes you can download them. It also doesn't justify a lot of other piracy.

      • Mihir Patkar
        September 24, 2015 at 10:03 am

        Not justifying piracy. Saying that till infrastructure is better in countries like India, I don't see it dying.

  12. Daniel Borsos
    September 21, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    I would gladly pay for most of these if they were available everywhere I go/travel, or at least where I live.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 22, 2015 at 6:35 am

      Wait, they aren't?

    • Harry Guinness
      September 23, 2015 at 12:53 am

      Yeah, where do you live? Spotify and Netflix are increasingly universal and there are workarounds to get them if they're not.

  13. ej mattocks
    September 21, 2015 at 8:17 pm

    Phil, I can listen to an entire album on Spotify for free (with ads thrown in, of course), or for a reasonable subscription fee without ads.

  14. Brandon
    September 21, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    hilarious when you search your smart tv for a show and episodes are listed at $1.99 EACH

    me: "I want to watch every episode of Friends"
    them: "That'll be $472, please"

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 21, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Couldn't you just get Netflix for $10/month and watch every episode of Friends, plus almost everything else you'd want from TV and movies?

      • Brandon
        September 21, 2015 at 8:46 pm

        So Friends is a bad example. I have Netflix, but I don't want Netflix, Hulu, HBOGo, Amazon Instant, Itunes, Sling TV, Google Play, Vudu, Crackle, Epix, Blockbluster OnDemand, CinemaNow, AND Cloudload do you see my point?

        • Mihir Patkar
          September 24, 2015 at 10:05 am

          I see brandon's point here, honestly. Exclusivity at a high price hurts the consumer, in the end. It's like the early cable wars.

        • Gavin Phillips
          October 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm

          Spot on. I forgot to cancel an Amazon Prime subscription at Christmas (for the free postage), and have now used the service for year. However, I had to let my Netflix sub drop, as there was no way I would let Spotify go. We have to be savvy consumers - but the exclusion of programming from one service to another means you're constantly looking at other providers, rather than remaining consistently happy with one.

    • Harry Guinness
      September 23, 2015 at 12:52 am

      Most also offer series passes that are significantly cheaper.

  15. kmfdm_kid2000
    September 21, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    What a steaming pile of bull feces this article is. Even Googling "Piracy statistics by year" as a simple cursory search shows a PLETHORA of sources stating the exact opposite. Yes, there are alternatives out there for people to avoid piracy, but stating it is on it's way out?

    Are

    you

    retarded?

    No, seriously, are you allergic to facts and observation? Perhaps pandering to your sponsors with a sorry attempt at some semblance of propaganda? This site should know more than most that bull doesn't float online. Spew it, and you're going to get called out on it.

    Companies wising up and joining the 21st century to offer paid alternatives to what the more savvy of us have been getting for free for nearly two decades isn't the "End of Piracy". It's more sh!t I'm not paying for because the pirated version is still more convenient. Me and millions of others just like me. That crap might work on computer illiterate Grandma, but those people will eventually die out, only to be supplanted with an entire generation of people who grew up with torrents, free streaming, and the chiseled in idea that if you pay for things online, you're a sucker. There are plenty of suckers out there, hence why these industries still exist and maintain some, even if reduced, profits.

    But piracy is doing nothing but growing. It truly is the hydra. And it's not going anywhere anytime soon. Pay attention to reality, rather than trying to invent your own.

    • Brandon
      September 21, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Amen and praise the hydra!

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 21, 2015 at 8:41 pm

      Harry, in fact, is allergic to facts and observations. He sneezes in their face.

    • Milutin Mujovi?
      September 21, 2015 at 10:31 pm

      HAIL HYDRA!

    • Harry Guinness
      September 23, 2015 at 12:50 am

      Alright mate, disagree with me all you like but you do not use the word retarded on the comments section of any of my articles.

      Now let's keep it civil and have an actual discussion rather than resorting than shouting and screaming like a 14 year old who's watched one too many episodes of South Park and wants to impress his 12 year old brother.

      Now as to what you're saying. Paste in some of your PLETHORA of sources. I'll agree, the case may depend on how you measure decline, but there is also a huge amount of information showing piracy is falling. I linked to one above, here are some more:

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/music-piracy-on-the-decline-as-digital-music-sales-grow/2013/02/26/5ca43fe2-804b-11e2-b99e-6baf4ebe42df_story.html
      http://business.time.com/2014/01/03/spotify-and-youtube-are-just-killing-digital-music-sales/
      http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/10187400/Spotify-and-Netflix-curb-music-and-film-piracy.html

      So let's not pretend that I didn't do at least a small amount of research. As I said, feel free to disagree with what I said, but at least actually do it rather than shouting and screaming that I'm wrong.

      As for your last bit that piracy is convenient so you're just going to do it? Maybe spend some time doing a bit of self reflection rather than commenting on the Internet. Spotify is significantly more convenient than piracy. As is legally acquiring software. Renting a movie from iTunes takes less time than torrenting one. Your justification is shallow.

      • kmfdm_kid2000
        September 23, 2015 at 3:58 pm

        "disagree with me all you like"

        I'm sorry, was this an opinion piece, or were you trying to pass off your turd of an article as "fact"? Double speak much?

        "but you do not use the word retarded on the comments section of any of my articles"

        I just did. Your article is retarded. You're a joke of a "journalist". But that isn't the point. The fact that the information you're trying to convey is inaccurate, cherry picked, and simply just bad. And telling me what to say and not? You sound like some hyper-religious moron going on an atheist forum citing bible verses claiming their god shall not be mocked as it mercilessly is subjected to just that. Again, not the core of the message here, but still it highlights the fact that you simply do not know how the internet "works" as far as nuance and culture, so writing about it and it's "seedy" underbelly (yes, I just punned) is a joke coming from you.

        "Now let’s keep it civil and have an actual discussion rather than resorting than shouting and screaming like a 14 year old who’s watched one too many episodes of South Park and wants to impress his 12 year old brother."

        BLATANT bleeding hypocrisy. Let's be clear, I'm not laughing WITH you. You claim civility, get butthurt over a retard quip, then resort to essentially, "I know you are but what am I?" Fun stuff, can we get to your misinformation yet, or are you going to continue resting on ad hominem attacks avoiding the facts?

        "Now as to what you’re saying. Paste in some of your PLETHORA of sources."

        Ok, we can finally get to actual facts here.

        http://piracy.web.unc.edu/factsfigures/ Shows a growing trend.

        http://ethicalfan.com/2012/04/piracy-volume-in-2011/ Older data, but it still shows a growing trend, plus a prediction for 2015 by Cisco, which is eerily ON POINT.

        http://www.digitalmusicnews.com/2015/07/16/if-you-think-piracy-is-decreasing-you-havent-looked-at-the-data-2/ Actual journalism stating the exact opposite you are.

        Notice a difference in the sources and type of data you decided to cite vs. what I've cited? You're focused mostly on MUSIC. This isn't 1999, Napster isn't a thing anymore, get with the times. People pirate more than just MP3's these days. This is why in order to avoid seeming biased on the issue, I included statistics for more than just a pie slice of the picture because unlike yourself, I actually care about FACTS and accuracy in terms of information. Not some faux moral crusade that we'll pick apart further down.

        "So let’s not pretend that I didn’t do at least a small amount of research."

        Yet somehow managed to miss the PLETHORA of conflicting information I found by simply Googling "Piracy Statistics by year"? Or perhaps you used something more akin to Bing, Yahoo Search or Ask.com? Yes, I indeed am making fun of you here, in case that went over your head.

        "feel free to disagree with what I said"

        It's not a matter of opinion. My opinion is that of you being an idiot and unfit for writing an "article" on the subject. But this isn't about that. It's about you misrepresenting facts. Agreement or disagreement isn't the issue, the numbers are what are being disputed, and your misrepresentation of them.

        "but at least actually do it rather than shouting and screaming that I’m wrong."

        Should I include bias in the same flawed methodology you used? Will I be able to fabricate falsehoods in the same manner and fall in line with what reality you've concocted for yourself to mislead others with? But I actually have SOME semblance of wanting to be truthful here. And SOMETIMES I tend to expect that from "journalists" as well.

        "As for your last bit that piracy is convenient so you’re just going to do it?"

        Not only is it convenient, I am what you call a collector of sorts. I pirate for the principle itself, to have and to hold, even if I'm not actually going to consume the media itself. For instance, games. I'll download a ROM pack of let's say, 5,000 ROMs for MAME. Or some of the latest PC games. To have. Maybe I'll get around to playing them, maybe I'll just install the latest Fallout Game for my kids to enjoy. I myself play one specific MMO with most of my time, but that's not to say I'm not going to snag a copy of Metal Gear Solid V. I'll play it when I feel like it. OCCASIONALLY, I might actually buy a game, usually because I want to utilize its online features, or I want the collector's edition extras.

        "Spotify is significantly more convenient than piracy."

        By what measure? I can pirate very obscure music that Spotify most likely will not have, and listen to it ad free as many times as I wish. For free.

        "Renting a movie from iTunes takes less time than torrenting one."

        First off, if you think I'd ever use anything devised from Apple, think again. That might be a little bit of PC fanboyism speaking, but I wouldn't be caught dead using iTunes, and most of the higher end "power users" would feel the same. With that out of the way, my connection is pretty decent. A recent Hollywood release like Avengers is usually fully downloaded in the time it takes for me to go to the bathroom and wash my hands. Why do I use this example? Because that's exactly what I did after I clicked on Age of Ultron. Went to the bathroom, washed my hands, came back to my PC, and it was already at seed status. Now I will applaud Netflix, they have a decent service, but I can spend that $8 elsewhere and just rely on a release group like Yify to give me a similar experience for free. If I were an internet pleb, perhaps I'd consider using them, and in fact, I had a sub at one time, to explore what they offered in terms of titles I just didn't want to commit to downloading.

        "Maybe spend some time doing a bit of self reflection rather than commenting on the Internet."

        This coming from an idiot who gets offended by words, who tries to create their own reality and spoon feed it to people on a clickbait "article" then butthurts all over someone who calls them out for being wrong. The day I'll take personal advice from you is the day I'll start taking childcare advice from Jared Fogle.

        "Your justification is shallow."

        As is your writing. Apply cold water as needed.

        • Barry Riley
          October 6, 2015 at 10:01 pm

          You didn't just call him out for being wrong. You wrote a sustained and disproportionate personal attack multiple paragraphs long and came across as a massive dick in the process.

  16. Phil Nolan
    September 21, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    I haven't used all of the music services of course but I believe it's still difficult to listen to an entire album without either buying it or pirating it. It's easy enough to find a single song you want to hear but if I wanted to listen to an entire Billy Joel album for example or nothing but Daft Punk all day I think I would still have to buy or otherwise download the songs.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 21, 2015 at 8:35 pm

      Apple Music is actually pretty good about this. I've been able to listen to full albums regularly, but it might be a case of the artist being big enough. For smaller artists, I'm not so sure. I'll be happy to check if you have any names you are curious about.

    • Harry Guinness
      September 23, 2015 at 12:41 am

      As is Spotify, and I believe Google Music. Spotify certainly is entirely composed of full albums.

      • likefun butnot
        October 1, 2015 at 8:15 pm

        You keep holding up Spotify as an example of a good service, but I've found that its curation of classical music and jazz is extremely poor. Those are types of music that require much more complex (database) table structures to properly catalog, so perhaps this is not surprising, but it does suggest a greater inadequacy compared to other means by which one can obtain music. At best, Spotify is "one size fits most" or "one size fits some", but it's far from ideal.

  17. Rodrigo Hinojosa
    September 21, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Hard to get foreign movies are still a HUGE issue... :(

    • Phil Nolan
      September 21, 2015 at 6:44 pm

      Yes, some of those are not even available for sale in your home country.

    • Mihir Patkar
      September 21, 2015 at 8:39 pm

      Spot on here. Foreign movies are the largest problem right now.

    • Harry Guinness
      September 23, 2015 at 12:40 am

      Hard to get foreign movies are always going to be an issue, even on pirate sites. Best place I've found for old Irish movies is DVDs on Amazon. I'm even more against the piracy of small indie movies though, especially ones you care about. Pirating the latest Avengers film is much less of a big deal than pirating a film that had to scrape together funding from film boards and grants and barely broke even.

  18. Yodi Collins
    September 21, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Nice try.

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