Proprietary Media

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I’ve been reassessing and upgrading my audio equipment and library recently. In the course of these changes, I’ve noticed some things about the media landscape. In the current stage of music distribution, we are drifting towards more lock-in and more proprietary solutions. Right now, I’m and Apple Music subscriber. This presents me with some difficult choices with regards to how I consume audio.

Apple Music offers lossless streaming. If I want to take advantage of this feature, I face a number of limitations and constraints.

With all of these constraints and more, it seems that the only safe thing for a music fan to do is to stick to universal technologies like CDs and vinyl records.


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