I’m in a foul mood, just a bit. Long story real short — I am not in the slightest bit interested in joining anybody’s streaming anything, ever. I pay, I download, I file it in storage I own.
Amazon is making this difficult, and now apparently impossible from the phone / mobile app. I even went to the desktop in frustration and bought an album, and I still cannot see it from the mobile app. Google is worse. Apple’s all-streaming iTunes is one of the things that motivated me to leave the platform — not the only one, but they were early.
Looks like I, as well as everybody else who might, say, go on a ship, or work where you cannot stream, will just hole up in a hillside cave throwing chicken bones at modern people. And it’s not even about what I cannot do — it’s what I do not want to do. I do not want to subject ,myself to somebody else’s service, or permission to use a service, to access thing that I have paid for, that I foolishly kept somewhere else. This makes about as much sense as buying certificates for gold in case the SHTF. Dumb-ass, if the SHTF, the certificates won’t be honored any more than the toilet paper we call dollars.
Likewise my “rights” to access the content I want after an arbitrary length of time, one bendo-cycle in market terms, has passed, where the money I paid is long gone, and the license I hold is a liability, not an asset. Businesses do not survive by accumulating liabilities. Not one of the streaming “services” has any financial interest at all in allowing you access to something you have already paid for.
Gosh, I’m frustrated.