Ever since I bought my first MP3 player a few years ago, I've been using various different programs and services to download music as either part of a subscription, or listen to music based on my personal taste in music. Although I generally have hard-copies of my most treasured CDs, there's just something about being able to listen to music without having to go out specifically to pick up a new CD that appeals to me, as I can just as easily add the some or all of the tracks to my download list in Napster or Spotify, or set up a personalised playlist online that generates new tracks based on what I like and dislike.
As an alternative to these subscription based services and music-streaming services, other companies such as eMusic and Apple provide ways to purchase music online for offline listening, for those who either do not want to be bound by DRM or tied into having an active Internet connection in order to listen to their music library. The way in which this is done in the case of emusic is that users pay a monthly fee in order to choose a set amount of tracks without any form of DRM or copy-protection from emusic's extensive online catalog to download, whereas Apple's iTunes store allows users to purchase tracks on a track-by-track and/ or album-by-album basis, depending on their preference at the time of purchase.
What services do you use online in order to make listening to music more convenient for you?
Alternatively, if you do not use any online services to listen to music or download music to listen to at a later date, why not, and what could convince you to start listening to music online?