It was brought home to me, a couple of weeks ago, just how old I am.

Why’s that? (I hear you ask).

Well I’ll tell you.

I recently had a bit of a clear-out at home, and took about 15 DVDs and CDs of licensed OEM (original equipment manufacturer) software in to the office, for my colleagues to help themselves.

How many pieces of (free) software got snapped up by my bargain-seeking colleagues?

None, my friend. Absolutely zero.

Even our software-hungry development manager declined all offers.

His reason?

‘I don’t have hardware with a CD or DVD drive any more’.

Well, that made me think.

My music library has 7,528 tracks, and over 60% of those tracks came from CDs.

Now fair enough, these days when I buy mainstream music, I buy online from Amazon.

Usually the music I buy is downloaded materiel (with exceptions when, for specific reasons, I want a physical CD).

So buying music in digital format is not unusual for me.

But what am I going to do with gig music, when I’ve joined the CD-less drive generation?

What do I do when promising unsigned bands send me a CD they have lovingly crafted in their Nan’s front room, and I have no CD drive?

I suppose they could always Dropbox me the .mp3s, but that’s not really the point of a physical album, is it?


In sortov related news, I’m on the cusp of hooking up with a music streaming service.

The full range of choices I’m considering are:

  • Deezer
  • Google Play Music
  • Spotify
  • Amazon Music Unlimited
  • Pandora
  • Slacker
  • Groove Music and
  • Apple Music

There are pros and cons for all of these, but at this stage, nothing is ruled in, nothing is ruled out.

Early days.

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3 Responses to Streaming

  1. Masher says:

    I wish I could advise you, but I can’t.
    My music collection – much, much smaller than yours – has been ripped from CD onto my NAS drive and it’s also backed up onto a WD MyBook. But I still can’t bring myself to part with the CDs… just in case.

    • Brennig says:

      I know what you mean. And for a similar reason it looks like Apple Music is no longer under consideration. It looks like you can incorporate your music collection into Apple Music (which is a feature most of the other have), but when you leave Apple Music, you not only lose access to your Apple Music media/playlists/radio stations, but you also lose access to all of your ripped music – which means, therefore, that you have to rip all your physical media again. And if you incorporated digital/downloaded material into your Apple Music library, you also lose access to all of that media as well. Which means if you haven’t kept the source digital media files, you have lost that music forever!

  2. Richard Bernard says:

    If I could go back to using Pandora I would, it was absolutely fantastic and I discovered some great music using it.

    Nowadays we use Spotify here, works well, plenty of choice.