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[Poll] Music: Rent or Buy? (2018)

Discussion in 'audio' started by Whaleblue, Jan 13, 2018.


As a basic approach - Rent or Buy your music?

Poll closed Jan 27, 2018.
  1. I primarily use subscription services - Rent

  2. I still mostly purchase CDs, LPs etc. - Buy

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  1. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    Another year on, and interesting to see if much has changed here.

    From 2016:

    From 2017:

    As I said originally:

    So, the choice remains simple. FWIW I now buy a very small handful of albums a year, those that I both wish to support with a relatively significant financial input and ensure I'll always have access to. I voted 'rent' as that's my primary mode of consumption.

    Votes cannot be changed, and you can only see the poll state once you have voted. Your vote will be publicly visible.

    So, where are we in 2018?
    TheDecameron, Still and tuga like this.
  2. WAD62

    WAD62 pfm Member

    I think you need at least one more option of Both...I use my Spotify subscription to find music to buy
    happychappy, sean99 and john r harris like this.
  3. djftw

    djftw Heterodox Member

    Not too sure how to answer this one, a mixture of Spotify and podcasts has now virtually entirely replaced radio for me and Spotify probably represents a majority of my 'listening' but that is mostly background. If I'm 'actively' listening (for want of a better term) vinyl and CD still dominate!
    gidders likes this.
  4. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    @WAD62, the choices are set in stone as it’s partly a tracker, year on year.

    @djftw, I think you’re in the Buy camp. Just my interpretation of what you say, though.
  5. tuga

    tuga European

    Used CDs are very cheap. A paid one-year subscription to CD quality Qobuz costs £200. That's about 40 CDs (not counting box sets which are cheaper) or 3.3 CDs a month. Since I already own most of the music that I am interested in, I see no point in streaming. And the music is mine to keep. No need for an internet connection.
  6. Strictly Stereo

    Strictly Stereo Trade: Strictly Stereo

    Nice one Whaleblue. This is a genuinely interesting nugget of research and a really forward thinking contribution to the community.
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  7. BlueYeti

    BlueYeti pfm Member

    Purchased media for me at the moment, although this may change as subscription services become cheaper.

    For now, I'm buying secondhand CDs to explore new music - and buying key albums from favourite musicians as a HD download (when available). The current low value of second hand CDSs make this an attractive proposition as the collection is personally curated, cheaper than streaming, and once ripped, the CDs are a collection back up that can be stored in the loft.

    Over the last few days, I've taken advantage of the Winter Music Magpie sale (ends 14/1/18) and purchased 36 CDs - and with the discount / 2 for 1 offer, the final price per CD came to roughly £1.69.
  8. Stunsworth

    Stunsworth pfm Member

    I can’t answer, I use both roughly the same.
  9. mr sneff

    mr sneff pfm Member

    Why only 2 options? I use a mixture of streaming ripped CDs, CDs, and Spotify/Amazon and also, occasionally YouTube.
  10. tuga

    tuga European

    I see no difference between a CD, a ripped CD or a download.

    You can either buy music or rent (stream content you don't own).
  11. uncl_nigel

    uncl_nigel pfm Member

    The rental services are poor on back catalogue and I do not trust them to continue carrying (long term) the more obscure "niche" music I tend to seek out.
    Besides, if they go bankrupt the catalogue goes with them; to say nothing of the occasional service interruption which I experience already.
  12. HarryB

    HarryB pfm Member

    Good on you Whaleblue. This will be very interesting.

    Until about a year ago I was very much a CD only fella. I don't have vinyl and used to buy lots of used CDs. I'm talking 20-30 a month.

    Now I have a Tidal subscription, all my CDs are ripped and I rarely handle a CD.
  13. mr sneff

    mr sneff pfm Member

    My point was that it's not primarily rent or buy, it's roughly 50/50
  14. tuga

    tuga European

    I see, sorry.
  15. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    For those that are at more-or-less 50/50 I suggest you don’t vote. Apologies, but I have to stick to the same binary choice of the last two years in order to make year-on-year comparisons meaningful.
  16. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    Now, I rent, but then I already have a housefull of LP's and CD's.
  17. Matty297

    Matty297 pfm Member

    I rent but also buy if I like it but the bought ones just go on a shelf. I listen to the rented version..
  18. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I buy so much music I’ve no time to stream anything!
  19. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    @Tony L , perhaps you could sticky this for the two weeks I’ve set it to run?

    If you could also take the superfluous second ‘still’ from the Buy option that would help my OCD!

    [Edit] Thanks!
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2018
  20. radamel

    radamel Music Fiend

    I really like Tidal Masters (MQA streaming).
    Alas, Redbook streaming sound quality is still below what I get from playing local files or CDs. When it comes to classical music I almost always buy what I really like if there is no Tidal Masters version available.

    So much happier than before about streaming but still firmly in the Buy camp.
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