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Another motivation is not being tied to Internet. It's pretty ridiculous, if you think of it, to require an Internet connection to play a piece of music. Yes, some services do offer "offline mode", but when you store the data locally anyway, then why not get it as a file you can actually own, edit, and move between devices yourself?

(The same argument applies to movies, books and video games, but all of all these, a piece music is most likely to be re-listened to many, many times.)

Another motivation is data formats. Streaming services don't exactly offer highest quality, and while a normal person may not even hear a difference (especially with cheap sound equipment), audiophiles care about this.




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