Streaming Services: What Purpose do they serve best?
Gone are the days where people relied on C.D’s to create memories, album collections and as a source of income for the many artists of today. Instead, streaming services such as Spotify and Apple music and such provide a platform for people to upload and share their work and, in time, with a large enough number of followers they can generate a source of income.
Let us discuss some the platforms available to us:
Roon is a software that can be used for streaming as well as music management and can bring multi-room capabilities to your hi-fi equipment. Roon basically takes control of your internet radio, the music streaming services you’ve subscribed to and your own music files, and sends them to audio output devices as controlled on a series of computer, smartphone and tablet apps.
It has ultra sophisticated A.I of it’s downloadable softwares. Genres, lyric search and other indexable aspects of an artist/album/song are integrated into the metadata, and used to create a personalised listening experience that learns from your preferences, so the longer you use Roon, the more it learns and improves your musical journey.
Is a Norwegian subscription - based music, podcast and video streaming service that offers audio and music videos.
Tidal’s higher subscription fees would mean that artists and songwriters would receive higher royalties if they share their work on the platform.
A selling point for Tidal as compared with other streaming platforms such as Spotify and Pandora Radio is the exclusive content already available and expected for the future from the current artists who co-own the company, as well as others.
For example, Jay-Z’s catalogue was not available on Spotify but was almost entirely exclusive on Tidal until his 50th birthday.
Spotify is a freemium service. What that means is that it provides basic features free with advertisements and limited control, while additional features such as offline listening and commercial-free listening, are offered via paid subscriptions.
Spotify is best used for share playlists and has a lower subscription rate to the previous services mentioned.
Apple Music had started with the intention of providing only music to the masses, but in 2016 it expanded into video with the intention of creating a “cultural platform” as stated by Apple executive Jimmy Lovine. The service has 75 million songs on it, three live 24-hour radio stations: Apple Music 1, Apple Music hits and Apple Music Country.
Apple Music Radio by the way, is free for all users, even without an Apple Music Subscription. Apple Music’s use of iCloud, which matches a user’s song to those found in the service, allows users to combine their iTunes music library with their Apple Music Library and listen to all of their music in one place.