I like listening to musics and I am not the only one. Just look at how many people are listening to LoFi music with the study girl or look how many views this song has. As a young adult, I remember the times the CDs were the king of music distribution. But they are long gone. Thanks to internet, digital music stores and music streaming services replaced CDs.
So here I am, looking for the best music listening solution I can get. After a little search on the internet I came up with the below list of music stores or streaming services.
|Online Music Stores||Music Streaming Services|
|Amazon Store||Amazon Music|
|Google Play Music||YouTube Music|
There are many options and above isn't an exhaustive list. Thankfully I have constraints to help me make more educated choice.
- Availability (in my region) : Even though I can use VPN to appear on some other location on the face of Earth, my bank card will give my location up or won't be accepted 👎️
- DRM : I want to put music on my phone, computer and even my NextCloud to listen from anywhere. When I spent money on music, I don't want to stuck with whatever the vendor supports. I want no vendor lock-in or any other limitation. Those limitations are pushing many people to pirate 😥️
- Discoverability : Whenever there is a new music, I want to be able to find it.
- Options : Does it even has my jazz!
Finally here are my options
|Online music stores||Streaming services|
I love DRM-free stuff
As a student living on pocket money, I don't have much of a budget for purchasing music. I am planning to spend 5$ every month on DRM-free musics instead of a streaming service with DRM. I like DRMless content because I know vendor is trusting me. Whenever a platform emposes DRM, I feel treated like a pirate who is expected to steal. No thanks to digital content pirates, I understand why a vendor would put DRM and it is sad that this is the reality. I just am happy that there still are DRM-free alternatives 🙃️
Why not pirate
I don't believe pirating is ethical. Someone spent hours coming up with a poem or lyrics, someone else composed music for it, and someone else (probably) drank raw eggs to maintain her/his voice. I wouldn't want people get my hardwork for free unless I put it out there as a demo or as open source. Some people act like pirating is okay if the singer or band is rich. It isn't okay to pirate and I am not giving up on my principles to enjoy some music for free.
* Most of the musics on Jamendo are licensed under Non Commercial licenses, such as CC BY-NC-SA 4.0. You need to purchase a commercial license to play them in your restaurant, bar, cafe, clothing store, convenience store, market, shopping mall, advertisement, podcast, YouTube/Vimeo/PeerTube video, movie, etc. You can't play songs from your Spotify account either. Songs on Spotify/Apple Music/YouTube Music and other popular services are for personal listening only too, unless they specifically mention that it is okay to play a song in a venue in music's license. Pijama parties are okay I guess.