music streaming

Illegal downloading is going to disapear. Or at least it should even if it is likely that people like to download, download and download, for no reasonable reason.

Why downloading filling up your hard drive with 1000s of random song (that is what most people do after they have downloaded the songs they know, downloading new songs that they often don’t even have the time to listen), when you can have a much better (and legal) experience based on music streaming?

I have been using last.fm player lately and this is a great experience: you can choose the type of music you want to hear and it then acts as a riod tuned to your choices/taste. You can listen to personal radio which is based on the music you have listened to. You can listen to neighbour radio which is based on the music your neighbours (people that listen the same type of music you do) listen to. Or you can listen to a radio based on a mix of artists, and the program will find similar artists. I have tried Pandora once, but it seems to offer similar features, and I am sure there must 10s of others available out there.
You can as well have an online social experience around music - even if that part is not yet as developped as what you can get on pure social networks that enable music sharing (like myspace).

In a word of ubiquitous broadband - office, home, wifi etc - this trend should even get stronger with maybe dedicated players - why having a mega 200go ipod in the future, if you can have a light gadget that stream music? Maybe you need a small harddrive for the offonline areas, but otherwise streaming should be enough.

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