Does Spotify have dangerous bait and switch potential?

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    Question Does Spotify have dangerous bait and switch potential?

    Saw this and found the article interesting:
    Why I'm Not Going Near Spotify (and Why You Shouldn't Either) - James Allworth - Harvard Business Review


    Some could say this is already happening to Netflix I think but I think he's right about how we consume music being fundamentally different
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    I cannot say I would ever rent music. Movies, sure. Instead of pumping money into renting music I buy the tracks I want. They are mine then for as long as I want. With all of the free radio streaming that goes on I would seriously question myself for actually paying for it.

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    Bogus argument. Like many of the comments suggest, you are not 'buying' songs when you subscribe (although you can indeed buy tracks conventionally, and remain yours), you are buying access to 15+ million tracks (and a rather deep artist selection at that) so one does not need a local collection. Granted, we all have our collections, like Ollie, and we'll still do that as well...but I can rely less on 'collecting' or 'owning' and more on listening with a service like this. And I have, since I have subbed to ALL of the services over the years (Napster, Pandora, LastFM, XM/Sirius, Rhapsody, Slacker, MOG, Grooveshark, and a few others I've already forgotten, and now Spotify.) All of these services have benefits and take some adjustment in your usual habits to participate, but I cannot say I've ever been bait-and-switched or have lost anything by being a paid sub. Spotify is cool, but it's not the end-all/be-all of music services...it's just another way to access a HUGE library that I could never own. I can drop my sub anytime, and still have all my playlists active through the free service...so what have I 'lost' exactly?
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    You do make a good point alpha. I guess the reality is that many people can consume in more than one way at a time. And if they like the service that's good and they should use it. I still find it an interesting argument he makes. I hadn't really thought of it from that perspective much.

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    Isn't the free service severely crippled now? I happen to agree with the author. Spotify is not for me. Not because they "may" raise their prices, but because I am not leasing music.

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    Just find it interesting someone from the Harvard Business Review wouldn't understand music can be a commodity like anything else. Especially since we've never really owned our music anyway...only a license. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ollie View Post
    Isn't the free service severely crippled now? I happen to agree with the author. Spotify is not for me. Not because they "may" raise their prices, but because I am not leasing music.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphawave7 View Post
    Spotify, Rdio allow you to listen from the cloud

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    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I listen to Metallica all the dang time on Slacker...
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    Quote Originally Posted by alphawave7 View Post
    Spotify, Rdio allow you to listen from the cloud

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    10 hours a month is still pretty sweet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by furbearingmammal View Post
    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I listen to Metallica all the dang time on Slacker...
    Yep, after I waited, and complained for YEARS for Slacker to $pring for these 'hard-to-license' tracks...they still have very limited permissions on them (no d/l to mobile devices and such).

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    sing along to the above track, but subsitute a verse: 'sleep with one eye open, gripping my Iconia tight...'
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