Spotify, and I still buy records, but mostly used. New records are way too expensive. Even used records in Toronto at some stores are ridiculously expensive. One of the reasons I enjoy vinyl so much is there is no skip button. You actually have to listen to the whole album. Plus it's great to have the album art and liner notes to look at, you don't get that experience with streaming.
For a while, before Soundcloud came along me and my crew used YouTube for ready sets.
That reminds me....is DI.fm still going cause that was 24-7 choons of a good selection of electronic music subgenres.
For real, they had speedcore and booty house, for example.
EdIt: DI.fm is still alive. They had to put up a pay wall to comply with stupid US law a few years ago. I remember when they shut down. It was stupid.....the vast majority of electronic music producers throw their music out for free anyway.
Well, looks like I'm adding another pay service. If it's the same Digitally Imported it used to be then it's well worth it.
Not sure who they pay royalties to.....half the producers with music on there died of drug overdose years ago and another quarter are some obscure dude in an attic in a random European town.
[...] Plus it's great to have the album art and liner notes to look at, you don't get that experience with streaming.
Me, I just take music from YouTube and convert them to MP3s (it's mostly video game music and remixes of video game music, along with royalty-free music often used for independent/low-budget video games; much of those are orchestral or 8-bit). With regards to non-video game music, I listen to other orchestral music, sometimes on CBC Music; it helps that classical music is primarily in the public domain.
If I like the composition so much, I am willing to pay to purchase the music in FLAC format.
I am just a sucker for orchestral music (used in video games or not).