They didn’t do anything to irritate me nor was I dissatisfied with the service. I signed up for it back in May stating that if I used it, I would cancel my eMusic subscription. Well, as you might imagine, I did no such thing because I found that cutting the cord with eMusic was just not all that easy. I’ve frequently said that eMusic always feels a little bit like stealing music because, while they don’t have quite the selection of iTunes or Amazon MP3, they have improved a lot over the years and they are always cheaper than either of those services.
Ultimately, it boiled down to the fact that I really like owning my music vs. just being able to stream it. That seems practically old school now, kind of the 2012 version of the “would you rather have the physical CD or the digital download?” argument. I used it some on my phone, but not enough to continue to pay $9.99 a month for it.
I’m not sure if I’ll regret this or not, but I suspect that in a couple weeks, I won’t even notice Spotify’s absence on my mobile devices. I still have the desk top program that I can use if I’m willing to suffer through ads (I am) and I mostly use Spotify for trying things out before I buy. The free version gives me that. Additionally, I will have to eventually go to a data plan on my phone that doesn’t have unlimited data and nothing chews up data like streaming music.
Call me old fashioned, but I take a lot of solace in knowing that I’ve purchased the song. Plus then I’m not just lining the pockets of the Spotify CEO, but I’m buying the music that the artists put out. They get a lot more money from my one time purchase than 100,000 plays on Spotify.