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RE: Another case for Streaming Services

" The point is, I see no need to ever buy another CD or vinyl LP because pretty much everything I want can be had at CD quality or better via streaming."

Sorry to bang on about this again but the fly in your ointment is that no lossless streaming service has yet posted a profit. So there is no indication that any will be in business this time next year.

Further the typical cashflow needs of small specialist record companies (say, classical, folk or jazz repertoire) cannot be sustained solely by payments from streaming royalties both in terms of size and with regard to the distribution points. Which is why some companies who have understood this withhold their repertoire from streaming (then you have to buy the CDs or downloads). My belief is that unless things change others will start to realise this too. Or go out of business.

In addition there is also the possibility that repertoire can be withdrawn from a given streaming service so that it can be offered exclusively to another though this tends to be in relation to big pop music artists rather then in regard to specialist repertoire.

So, if a particular title is important to me then I will still purchase it to ensure my long term access. Otherwise there is a reasonable chance that I will get up one day, go to stream it and it is no longer there.
"We need less, but better" - Dieter Rams

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