In an interview with Reuters Steve Jobs is quoted saying that customers are “not interested” in a subscription-based model for buying music.
What? None of them? How many has he asked?
He didn’t ask me, and you know what, I’m not sure I’ve made my mind up either way. Part of me would be interested in paying a subscription for my music. I’d happily pay 10 or 15 pounds a month (about the price of a CD in this parts) for access to as much music as I wanted to listen to. And I’d be happy not “owning” it, because for me the function of “listening” is more important than ownership.
On the other hand, another part of me would prefer to have the security of a plastic CD in a plastic box, which I know I can lend to a friend, play in the car, and archive to any digital format I choose, all perfectly legally.
Let’s do our own survey, just to see if Steve Jobs is right. What do you think? Would you rather own the songs you hear, or do you think subscription is the best way forward?