The other day the team behind announced that streaming would no longer be free for those who do not live in the U.S., U.K., or Germany. No more streaming your neighbours' music or your friends' or your recommendations or similar artists unless you become a subscriber.

I don't care all that much about the streaming because I rarely listened to it. And the amount of money they're asking for isn't unreasonable. Sure, they're saying that scrobbling will always be free but that's a given. The data they receive from users is extremely valuable. What I do have a problem with is the geographic segregation. Either charge everyone or no one.

Given that this really bothers me, the question then is: do I continue to scrobble the music I listen to? Do I give them all of this useful data for free when my country isn't one of the special three?

I'm thinking not. Although I'm holding off until the end of the month before I make my final decision.

Posted by Ripley on March 25, 2009 | Tags: music, rant