I do as much of my music collection is physical/MP3s. While I was very quick to check things out like Pandora and anticipated Spotify’s arrival to America, I’ve never been sold on music streaming. That may be partly due to the fact I listen to a lot of ‘DIY/underground’ music and I’d much rather purchase the actual vinyl or it off of bandcamp to make sure my money spent on the music actually goes to the artist I want it to go to vs being a fraction of a penny and people like Drake gets majority of my subscribers fee.
That said I think the program is due for a refresh. I recently did the 3 month Apple Music subscription and while ok, their discovery is extremely lacking compared to Spotify. I see two paths for it.
- Music management app w/o streaming. For those of us still stuck in the digital music Stone Age we can easily manage our massive library. Apple Music/Video/Podcasts/etc. all become their own separate apps.
- Continue this trend of integrating your ‘physical’ library with your streaming library. But strip out all non-music content.
Honesty that’s my biggest issue with Spotify is that my personal collection is not integrated it has no really idea of much of my listening habits before 2011(?) and honestly I use streaming to check out recommended bands. That said even having my music collection Apple Music’s recommendation engine is severely lacking. As a person who listened to a lot of pop punk as a kid it’s somewhat insulting recommending me the ‘Intro to blink-182’ when I have their whole discography in my library.
Honestly they need a team to really look at the application because just from a library management perspective there are some weird bugs that happen for years with no fix. There are 1 or 2 bands where for some reason get split into two groups and only 4 of their songs and the metadata matches to the point that I’m not sure why it happens.