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Published on August 10th, 2011 | by Jon Bunnies


Streaming Services: Too Good to be True?

From Tuesday’s Globe and Mail:

“Acquiring new music can be a very addictive and expensive hobby. Downloading an album or the new single from that hot new band from iTunes a few times a month can add up quickly.

“Which is why new subscription services are garnering so much buzz lately – for $5 to $10 a month these websites offer an easy, affordable (and somewhat legal) way to get all the music you want. However, many of the most talked-about subscription or streaming sites (like ) aren’t available in Canada yet. 

“In the first few clicks, , one of the few sites available here, seems too good to be true. You plug your desired song or artist into its search engine, and voila: it’s all at your fingertips. For free! As users upload their entire music collections, you have the ability to stream this vast library of music at your leisure, whether you upload your own tracks or not. And you can even create playlists that you can e-mail or Facebook to your friends (a fantastic boon for the shameless mix-CD-gifting types).

“There are some drawbacks, though.”



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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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