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Streaming or Downloading Music ?


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Streaming or Downloading Music ?  

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I am a child of the very early 80s amd I was raised with records, so that is something still dear to my heart. Today, in our time and age, I stream music when I am on the go, but at home I still both have a huge record collection. I only buy a few records now and again, but I like to "have and own" the music I listen to, so I also have a digital music library of around 8tb. 

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After a few traumatizing experiences wherein I lost my entire music collection, I am grateful for streaming. It is infinitely easier (especially for the technologically challenged..), and I look forward to the curated Spotify discovery playlists every week. They are spot.. on (cough).

However.. I am learning how to DJ, and building my music collection up from scratch seems.. well nigh impossible. Of course there is the option of downloading my playlists and queueing straight from the app.. alas Spotify is a little ‚ė†@‚úī#ing corporate prick and is no longer integrating with any DJ software / controllers at all, they rescinded their partnerships effective July 1, 2020. The underdogs¬† - Tidal and Soundcloud - have risen [cue angelic trumpets] to fill the vacancy. I love Soundcloud, but..

and idk anything about Tidal, lol

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@DarkNTwisted Oh wow, really? That's awesome -- however I read TIDAL only offers offline listening in mobile format-- I would assume mp3 only? FLAC would destroy my phone storage, lol. Soundcloud is the leading music platform industry for DJs, they have a DJ subscription tier that lets you stream offline through mixing software/hardware. It's a new thing, really cool. And I love that Spotify is largely controlled by artists, allowing a personal artist/fan connection, and you'll likely hear it first on Spotify, this also allows content to surface which you can't find anywhere else. The downside to this is music quality is up to the uploader, so very unpredictable.

 

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@niteswim Great information, thank you! I'll definitely check out that "DJ Subscription" I've been using Soundcloud since the first "Soundcloud Rapper" but never paid for one subscription. I have a "huge" archive with FLACS that I've downloaded from Tidal, that's why I like it! 

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