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Published on February 9th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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It’s come to this: A blog post that shows streamers how to play music they already own

I get it that streaming is the future, but for some people, streaming is apparently all they know. They’ve never purchased music and loaded it onto to a device for listening. And no Internet connection required! WOW!

Rupinder forwarded this article from Lifehacker. (Yes, people have to hack their lives for this sort of thing now.)

Remember loyalty? Spotify doesn’t. The company’s previously announced update to its Spotify Connect platform unfortunately terminates the streaming service’s functionality on a variety of speakers ostensibly advertised as Spotify-connected devices. Some of them (from companies like Onkyo and Denon) very expensive Spotify-connected devices. What does that mean for you?

Well, if you own a speaker not scheduled to receive any updates fixing the disconnect, according to the Verge, you’ll have to find a new way to get audio out of it. Instead of shopping around for a new streaming service that will ultimately disappoint you, why not cut out the middleman and start using a music library you actually own?

Advantages like uninterrupted music, increased portability, and increased longevity of the hardware you actually use make it worth the cost of a few albums.

As far as I can tell, this article isn’t written with any irony. Keep going.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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