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Zhenya Tech: 45,000,000 tunes (13) RE: Tech: 45,000,000 tunes 03 Sep 18

I donít use Apple Music, but Iím using a similar service, Amazon Music Unlimited. Spotify is another similar service. They all have similar music available. These are subscription services, with monthly and sometimes discounted annual plans. You can listen to a particular artist, album, song, or genre. You can also save albums or individual tracks in playlists. Some of the services will also let you download music to listen when you're not connected to the internet.The services also have curated playlists and radio stations.

I mainly listen to different types of folk/trad/roots music, and I've found about 90% of the music I'm looking for on the streaming service. This includes some music that might be considered less well known (to the average listener), like French Canadian fiddle music, for one example. For the majority of albums, the full albums are available. But sometimes only partial tracks are available from an album. As mentioned above, the 45,000,000 tracks include many multiple versions of songs or instrumental works. I've sometimes used this as a way to discover new musicians, by searching on a song I already know I like, and listening to different versions.

Even with 45,000,000 tracks, not all the music I like is on there, of course, and I still buy some albums. Sometimes I use the streaming service to test an album to see if I like it, and then buy it even though it's on the service. (Things can disappear from these services, and if I really like an album, I'm assuming (I hope correctly) that the artist will receive more money from my album purchase than from my subscription payment.) I don't think these streaming services will ever completely replace having my own collection, but I can't buy everything, and I have found this useful as a supplemental way to listen to and discover music.

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