Steve Jobs, discussing subscription music services in 2003, as referenced by Dave Mark on The Loop:
You pay to download 500 songs and one day you stop paying your subscription fee and your entire music library goes away.
He was right. I don’t want to pay $10 a month for the rest of my life just to listen to music. Especially when my favorite artists, none of whom are “top acts”, will ever make meaningful money from the deal.
I’d much rather buy a digital download directly or, even better, a physical CD of the album. I will own that music for the rest of my life and I’ll be supporting artists along the way.