I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: streaming music services are the future of music consumption. You might as well get on board.
But as a fellow Canadian, I understand your confusion. We lag far, far behind Europe, the US, SE Asia and Australia when it comes to adopting streaming thanks to our teeny market size and the stubbornness of various regulatory and rights-holding bodies to get with the program. Hell, streaming use by consumers is so low in this country that SoundScan hasn’t even bothered releasing a weekly streaming report to clients, something that they’ve been doing in the US and other territories for years. The numbers have just been too low to make it worthwhile.
However, times are changing. Canadians are starting to get into the streaming habit. SoundScan will start issuing a Canadian streaming report this week. And Spotify, probably the best-known of all the services, has already gone into invitation mode with selected Canadians. Can Pandora be far behind?
But because we’ve had our faces pressed up against the digital glass for so long–there’s even a site called Cantada that tracks all the cool digital services that we are still (legally) denied–there’s much confusion over what we can and cannot access.
With that in mind, the massive staff at Geeks&Beats, my other online life, collaborated on what we believe is the definitive guide to streaming music services in this country. It’s a good start, but we’d appreciate any and all input, comments and corrections so that we’re 100% accurate. Please have a look.