Music Subscription Services Do They Work? For Me Yes, Until Yahoo! Killed It

In the early 2000s I subscribed to a monthly all you can stream music service by the name of MusicMatch. What sucked me in that the software was a good music jukebox. This was there before iTunes was available on the PC, in fact it was the software that the first iPods to sync on Windows. My experience was when they sponsored a contest for the 2001 CMA Music Festival aka Fan Fair back then. We got the software and a 1 year subscription to their new “on demand” product. I think I payed $14 every 3 months for unlimited streamed music. I loved the service and the software with the only exception that they didn’t have all the new music I wanted. I bought a few tracks but mostly listened to the radio stations or on demand.

A horrible thing happened to my wonderful MusicMatch service one day, Yahoo! announced that they were buying the company. So eventually Yahoo! replaced the MusicMatch software I loved for the past few years with a horrible crappy buggy Yahoo! Music Player. All the features I loved were gone and it was completely unusable. Shortly afterward I canceled my subscription and since then I haven’t even considered it again.

Since then there are now a new crop of services that arrived out of the ashes of MusicMatch Yahoo! crime. My thoughts are that they cost to much for what you get. I guess I was spoiled with the well designed software and low cost monthly fees.

The newiest kiddies on the block are the web based services such as Lala and Spotify. Since MusicMatch Lala is the service I use the most. The idea of purchasing a web streaming version of an album seems appealing along with the idea that music I own is there as well. There is an iPhone/iPod app is on its way and I have a friend testing it but I haven’t heard whether is any good.

Key lesson from allowing people to stream all the music they want is that they don’t buy music anymore. My physical music purchases declined significantly and never recovered. Streaming my music isn’t the only reason my purchases declined but it was a big factor. So a word to those who still make money off of shinny plastic discs, find another revenue source.

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David has been using computers to create his visions since the early days of the Apple II. When the world wide web hit he dove in head first learning HTML and building his first websites. After spending a few years at a software services firm in Milwaukee he moved to Nashville and shortly after the Music Industry grabbed hold. He joined the Country Music Association as webmaster designing, building and managing the CMA Awards, CMA Music Festival and corporate websites for the 8 years. He started their social media reach-out and when he left the CMA could reach over 50,000 fans directly. David currently freelances by day, codes by night along with producing/hosting the Nashville Tech Feed a technology podcast. David was named by Billboard Magazine as one of the top 140 people in the Music Industry to follow on Twitter. , Facebook and Twitter