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Listening To Music Online Vs. Offline – Top Pros And Cons 

Listening To Music Online Vs. Offline – Top Pros And Cons

Music has evolved over the years and has adapted to the latest music playing solutions provided by the ever growing technology made available to us. Today, most people are leaning towards the modern media streaming solutions such as Spotify or Tidal, but there are still many mainstream artists that sell their records in a more traditional, CD format. Many music lovers are left wondering which approach to music is better, and if one is truly better than the other. Here, we look into the top pros and cons of listening to music online vs. offline.

Listening to music online

Pros

  1. Listening to music online lets you save a vast amount of storage space since nothing it stored locally.
  2. It also means that you have direct access to whatever content you want not matter where you are in the world, as long as you have an internet connection.
  3. You get access to the latest releases, ahead of anyone else as content is made available digitally way before preorders arrive at your doorstep.
  4. Online music is a lot easier to share with friends and family, as more people can share an account or have shared access to a service, further facilitate by options like sharing and embedding
  5. Listening to music online means that you can listen to exactly as much music as you want, without having to buy an entire album (on some platforms).

Cons

  1. Listening to music online usually means that you have to put up with some kind of marketing, most commonly ads, which can be a pain at times
  2. Usually, music streaming services are locked behind a subscription model, usually to get rid of the aforementioned ads. There are also cases like Tidal where you need a subscription to be able to access the content at all.
  3. Without an internet connection, you have no access whatsoever to any of your online stored libraries or music playing services.

Listening to music offline

Pros

  1. The biggest pro of listening to music offline is the fact that you don’t need an internet connection. As long as you have your song stored locally, you can listen to it even if the WiFi is out.
  2. In what’s a bit of a paradox, listening offline has been made easier with the arrival of all the online streaming options, which also offer an “offline” feature. This allows music to be downloaded locally and stored for when Internet isn’t available. This is not a new concept, as you can do pretty much the same thing with a YouTube video, through a youtube converter. Services like https://ytmp3.com/ let you turn videos into MP3 files by just copying a link and pressing a button.
  3. Offline music files also offer the possibility of being transferred between music playing devices that don’t even connect to the internet like music players or some older MP3 players.
  4. Let’s not forget vinyl. If you have a good record player, this can truly be a special experience.”


Cons

  1. Offline music consumes storage space, and can be really cumbersome to manage as the library grows and the available free storage space shrinks.
  2. Offline content might come untagged or poorly tagged, which means that your local music player might not show the artist, album or track information correctly.
  3. With the industry moving more and more towards streaming, it can be hard to find a good offline music player that’s still constantly updated and has an interface and layout worthy of today’s standards.

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