Why Does Anyone Use BlackBerry Music or iTunes for That Matter?

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With so many music and video Discovery services out there where content is readily available for free, why does anyone use BlackBerry Music or any media service that is currently selling digital downloads for anywhere between $1 and $20?

From a BlackBerry user’s perspective, it not only seems like I’m being ripped off, but it also affects the user experience. BlackBerry World is now cluttered with Top Albums, Top Movies, and Top TV Episodes. It’s sort of like Viagra emails. There’s someone out there that is getting Viagra spam, clicking the links, purchasing Viagra and thus feeding the spammers who in turn send out more emails. If everyone would just stop purchasing, the market would have to adjust and we’d see more services offering subscription-based music, video and content.

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Read the rest of The Oatmeal’s hilarious take on the music industry at this link.

If you’re looking for some cool free music discovery services, check out:

Nobex Radio (lots of great music podcasts)
SoundHound
Slacker
8Tracks

You can even watch movies for free using the following apps:

Crackle
Popcornflix

So again, why would you pay for music or movies?

What do you think? Do you pay for digital downloads on BlackBerry? Help me understand why.

  • anonymousBB7user

    You must not live in NYC… streaming isn’t always an option especially when your commute takes place underground where there is no signal.

  • CanadianThomas

    Really, you don’t understand it? Okay, I’ll make it easy. For someone like me, renting music is not an option. I’m not going to pay a monthly fee to listen to a led zeppelin track or whoever, that I already purchased on lp, cassette and cd. The music industry has to wake up and start charging for content, not delivery and format. Enough. I can’t stomach the thought that when I’m 65 ill still be paying a monthly fee to listen to the same, we’ll mostly, tunes. Not a chance in hell.

  • RAS

    Why use iTunes? How about music selection? Biggest song catalogue anywhere. Sure, I could use a free music service, but then I wouldn’t get NEARLY the number of songs I can with iTunes. I also like to pay for it and OWN it. Put it on my iPod, burn a CD, put it in my car’s MusicBox library, etc. Try streaming music when you’re on Rt. 380 in Pennsylvania. Good luck!

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    Good point. I think Slacker caches and Podcasts save to the device.

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    I guess when you’re looking to listen to a specific album, renting probably doesn’t make sense. Does it really matter that much to listen to Zeppelin though? I’d rather give up old musicians to listen to new, free music. Seems like old music preferences holding the industry back.

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    Good point, but you don’t really own it anyways. It’s not like you can lend it to a friend.

  • http://about.me/kylemcinnes Kyle McInnes

    There’s some good points here about music but nobody seems to be defending the purchase of movies and tv shows. A lot of it has to do with “owning” the content. Still not sure why you’re buying your movie and tv show digital downloads.