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  1. MrMars's Avatar
    What are your thoughts. Is it necessary to download music to your phone if you have an unlimited data plan and can stream it whenever and wherever or, is it best to download if you have sufficient memory capacity?
    07-12-2018 05:56 PM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    Being that we now having a slew of streaming music services Music, Spotify, Slacker, etcetera, I don't think it is necessary to download music to your phone anymore. Of course, if you do not subscribe to the aforementioned music streaming services or don't have music stored in the cloud somewhere then yes, it would be necessary to download music onto your phone if you want to listen to music aside from a vehicle or other external source.
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    07-12-2018 06:12 PM
  3. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I used to download all my music. But with recent unlimited data, I've reversed that. I do keep a few songs downloaded, as I use them in some apps that require that.
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    07-12-2018 06:30 PM
  4. TgeekB's Avatar
    I still download music.
    First, I want to listen to what I want to listen to.
    Second, if I am someplace without a signal (rare, but it could happen) I can still listen to music.
    I do think streaming services are the future but hope buying and downloading continues for those of us that like to.
    07-12-2018 07:32 PM
  5. fyrfyter's Avatar
    I still download music.
    First, I want to listen to what I want to listen to.
    Second, if I am someplace without a signal (rare, but it could happen) I can still listen to music.
    I do think streaming services are the future but hope buying and downloading continues for those of us that like to.
    Ditto. I can’t justify a streaming plan cost, for the 1 or 2 new songs/month I want.

    I’d still rather own it and sync it. There are plenty of mountainous regions in the Eastern half of the US where there isn’t cellular signal along major interstates.
    07-12-2018 11:02 PM
  6. TripleOne's Avatar
    For me, yes.
    I like having my Playlist downloaded.
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    07-13-2018 06:20 AM
  7. Sherry_B's Avatar
    I install my music to my phone via iTunes. A data or WiFi connection is not always guaranteed, especially if you travel a lot like we do. I do pay for Spotify, and we also pay for SiriusXM for our car. I think we also have hotspot service in the car too.
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    07-14-2018 02:41 AM
  8. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I install my music to my phone via iTunes. A data or WiFi connection is not always guaranteed, especially if you travel a lot like we do. I do pay for Spotify, and we also pay for SiriusXM for our car. I think we also have hotspot service in the car too.
    Like you, I have a hotspot feature in my car with unlimited data and therefore, I haven’t renewed my SiriusXM subscription in quite some time. It’s easier for me to stream one or more of my playlists during long trips. Know what I mean?
    07-14-2018 07:56 AM
  9. Sherry_B's Avatar
    Like you, I have a hotspot feature in my car with unlimited data and therefore, I haven’t renewed my SiriusXM subscription in quite some time. It’s easier for me to stream one or more of my playlists during long trips. Know what I mean?
    Oh absolutely. My husband likes to pay for things sometimes more than a year in advance, plus the several months free that we just got with our brand new car. I have more SiriusXM than I know what to do with lol. Not only am I enjoying the new car, but also Carplay for the first time (other than in previous rentals on vacation)!
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    07-14-2018 08:59 AM
  10. libra89's Avatar
    I install my music to my phone via iTunes. A data or WiFi connection is not always guaranteed, especially if you travel a lot like we do. I do pay for Spotify, and we also pay for SiriusXM for our car. I think we also have hotspot service in the car too.
    I agree with you on that point about the data connection. Every now and then, I drive through weak zones so downloading doesn't really hurt.
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    07-14-2018 02:49 PM
  11. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I agree with the majority on this subject and still download music. Services and WiFi isn't always guaranteed but the music on my devices are. Plus there a lot of times my Playlist are more interesting than what streaming music can provide.
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    07-14-2018 02:52 PM
  12. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I still download music.
    First, I want to listen to what I want to listen to.
    Second, if I am someplace without a signal (rare, but it could happen) I can still listen to music.
    I do think streaming services are the future but hope buying and downloading continues for those of us that like to.
    I can listen to the songs I've purchased as I please, whether downloaded or not. It's done the same. My playlists are the same. I don't think the OP was referring to a streaming service.
    07-14-2018 11:14 PM
  13. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I agree with the majority on this subject and still download music. Services and WiFi isn't always guaranteed but the music on my devices are. Plus there a lot of times my Playlist are more interesting than what streaming music can provide.
    But if you had unlimited data, would you still keep them downloaded if storage space was an issue?
    07-14-2018 11:22 PM
  14. Spencerdl's Avatar
    But if you had unlimited data, would you still keep them downloaded if storage space was an issue?
    I have unlimited data and yes I would. Space wouldn't be an issue because I believe in "Its better to have and not need, than to need and not have".
    07-15-2018 01:21 AM
  15. SwitchBeach's Avatar
    I can listen to the songs I've purchased as I please, whether downloaded or not. It's done the same. My playlists are the same. I don't think the OP was referring to a streaming service.
    The OP said "if you can stream it whenever and wherever". It sure seems like he's referring to a streaming service. What else would that refer to?
    07-15-2018 06:31 AM
  16. Rob Phillips's Avatar
    It depends on how picky you are with audio quality too. Many streaming services use a higher compression rate when streaming (to save bandwidth and minimize unnecessary buffering) versus downloading the music over WiFi and playing from there.
    07-15-2018 06:44 AM
  17. TgeekB's Avatar
    I can listen to the songs I've purchased as I please, whether downloaded or not. It's done the same. My playlists are the same. I don't think the OP was referring to a streaming service.
    See, that shows how much I know about it.
    I still prefer to purchase my music and have it on my device. Call me old fashioned.
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    07-15-2018 08:03 AM
  18. Tartarus's Avatar
    I’ve deleted all offline music since going Unlimited Data a year and a half ago.

    Only when I’m going outside of the EU I save a few playlists for offline listening. Apart from that, I stream everything.
    I have yet to be somewhere with bad reception and not being able to listen to my music.
    07-15-2018 09:46 AM
  19. Spencerdl's Avatar
    I’ve deleted all offline music since going Unlimited Data a year and a half ago.

    Only when I’m going outside of the EU I save a few playlists for offline listening. Apart from that, I stream everything.
    I have yet to be somewhere with bad reception and not being able to listen to my music.
    This goes to show you how everyone is different and also uses their devices differently.
    The first place that comes to mind for me where I cannot use services or wifi is the VA Hospital and hospitals in general have terrible wifi. The second is my elderly family members homes that don't have wifi and live in a poor connection area. Those are just two examples. There's nothing worse than jamming to music only to be interrupted by the annoying circle (LOL ).
    07-15-2018 10:13 AM
  20. Annie_8plus's Avatar
    Because I don’t have unlimited data, I download my music! If I did have unlimited data, I might forego that process!
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    07-15-2018 10:21 AM
  21. TgeekB's Avatar
    Because I don’t have unlimited data, I download my music! If I did have unlimited data, I might forego that process!
    Agreed.
    For me, I have a $35 plan with Cricket (with autopay) which gets me 5gb data and is more than enough for me. I don’t want to have to pay extra for unlimited data plus pay for a streaming service.
    07-15-2018 11:19 AM
  22. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I have unlimited data and yes I would. Space wouldn't be an issue because I believe in "Its better to have and not need, than to need and not have".
    You keep downloading apps, you'll eventually run low on storage. I'm down to around 5 gb or less. So, I removed my songs from downloaded. There's no difference in how it works. I'm just glad I have unlimited data, so I could do that.
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    07-15-2018 01:19 PM
  23. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    The OP said "if you can stream it whenever and wherever". It sure seems like he's referring to a streaming service. What else would that refer to?
    Like I have mine now. I don't use any streaming service. I had all my songs downloaded to local on my iPhone. But I removed them from downloaded. They are no longer on my iPhone local. They still are there, but in iTunes or iCloud. My playlists are still intact.
    07-15-2018 01:26 PM
  24. Spencerdl's Avatar
    You keep downloading apps, you'll eventually run low on storage. I'm down to around 5 gb or less. So, I removed my songs from downloaded. There's no difference in how it works. I'm just glad I have unlimited data, so I could do that.
    It really boils down to how you as an individual choose to use your device. There really is no wrong or right. Honesty there is a difference if you have poor service and no wifi like when I'm waiting a couple of hours at the VA Hospital where connection is horrendous.
    You're down to 5g because you choose to get a 128g memory iPhone 6s Plus after I told you to get a 256g. You wouldn't be worried about unlimited and/or storage if you would have listened to me...LOL
    Last edited by Spencerdl; 07-15-2018 at 01:44 PM.
    07-15-2018 01:28 PM
  25. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    It really boils down to how you as an individual choose to use your device. There really is no wrong or right. Honesty there is a difference if you have poor service and no wifi like when I'm waiting a couple of hours at the VA Hospital where connection is horrendous.
    You're down to 5g because you choose to get a 128g memory iPhone 6s Plus after I told you to get a 256g. You wouldn't be worried about unlimited and/or storage if you would have listened to me...LOL
    I could get a lot back if I could connect to iTunes on computer. I have the 64 gb model. That would've been enough if Apple hadn't stole about 14 gb of storage when I reported bugs on iOS 10 beta. It would be interesting to see how much of my storage shows as "other". It has to be a lot, because what I have on my phone doesn't anywhere near add up to 54 gb. I don't think the 6s Plus came with 256 gb.
    Last edited by Ledsteplin; 07-15-2018 at 05:07 PM.
    07-15-2018 04:29 PM
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