Is having what you want too much to ask?

by Christopher Paul on June 19, 2012

Jim Dalrymple seems to think that Emily White, an NPR intern, should be horrified she’s only bought 15 CDs in her life while having a 11,000 song library on her computer. But why?

She says:

What I want is one massive Spotify-like catalog of music that will sync to my phone and various home entertainment devices. With this new universal database, everyone would have convenient access to everything that has ever been recorded, and performance royalties would be distributed based on play counts (hopefully with more money going back to the artist than the present model). All I require is the ability to listen to what I want, when I want and how I want it. Is that too much to ask?

No, it’s not.

She rightly admits she’d pay for convenience. How come no one will make a more convenient option than ripping CDs one by one?

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