Fewer people are buying music now than ever before. While music piracy has a lot to do with this trend, so too do music streaming services such as Spotify and Rdio. Why pay several dollars per album when you can pay several dollars a month for access to thousands of albums?
So, music streaming services are big business, and they’re only set to grow more popular as time goes on. But wait. With so many music streaming services available, how do we know which is best? By listening to the collected wisdom of the MakeUseOf readership, of course.
Your Say On Apple Pay
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Will You Ever Use Apple Pay?”
Out of a total of 405 votes, 41.4% chose “No, I don’t own an iPhone“, 24.2% chose “Yes, I plan to do so in the future“, 16.1% chose “No, I don’t trust the security“, 15.8% chose “Yes, I am already using Apple Pay“, and 2.5% asked, “What is Apple Pay?”
When the answers are combined, 57.5 percent voted for No, 40 percent voted for Yes, and 2.5 percent voted for ignorance (I jest!). This is all rather positive for Apple, because were these results to be repeated across the real world, Apple Pay would have taken off in a big way. Certainly in a bigger way than Google Wallet and the other rival mobile payments systems.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Bruce, Jayjay, and likefunbutnot. Comment Of The Week goes to Dan, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
I don’t, won’t, and can’t use Apple Pay because I don’t own an iPhone.
Having said that, I am a heavy user of Google Wallet, including NFC payments when I’m able (which in my town is a grocery chain with a single liquor store location), Walgreen’s, and Home Depot. I think Home Depot may have recently disabled NFC due to being scared and incompetent. Fortunately I shop at the other two options a ridiculous amount so I get to use my phone fairly often (and therefore evangelize when asked questions!)
I want these payment options to succeed because they reduce the amount of crap I have to carry around in a wallet, and while the security is not perfect it’s pretty great: Google Wallet pays with a single-use Mastercard number and then a bit later charges my real options stored in Wallet. When it comes to card transaction security, I think virtual numbers go a long way even if the merchant’s security is sub-par.
Anyway, I know this was a poll regarding Apple Pay but I just want to encourage everybody I meet to try and use NFC payments so that it proliferates.
We chose this comment because it’s a passionate argument for why mobile payments systems should succeed. The fact that this commenter uses Google Wallet rather than Apple Pay is a solid reminder that Apple wasn’t the first company to offer such a service, despite what some of the more-blinkered tech press would have us believe.
Don’t Cross The Streams!
It isn’t difficult to see why music streaming services are so popular. Here is a way of gaining access to more music than you could ever hope to listen to in one lifetime, and all for the price of buying one album every month.
One of the downsides to using a music streaming service is that you never actually own any of the music to which you enjoy listening, essentially renting access to it instead. But unless you’re a relentless hoarder who wants countless shelves packed full of CDs, this shouldn’t be a problem. Unless and until the service you use shuts down… damn.
There are dozens of these services vying for your credit card details, so you should choose the one you think is best, whether value for money, the number of songs, or customer service is what does it for you personally.
We want you to tell us which music streaming service you consider to be the best, and why you prefer your choice over the plethora of competition.
Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments below why you voted that way. The best Comment of the Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.