It is time to understand the difference between the two.
Stream to discover and explore, Download to enjoy the best sound quality and to support the artist!
When I was growing up in Athens I was always on the look out where to buy the best quality new vinyl records,
which was the best Stereo system and ways to enhance my listening experience! I loved Music!
Most of the times I was paying almost double the money for to get my hands on an American or German prints,
which in my opinion had better sound quality than some Greek vinyl prints depending on the quality of the vinyl
which was used for a better printing results.
Now the same applies to streaming and downloading an album or a single!
When you stream you reduce your listening experience to about 25% depending on the streaming service.
I found that to be accurately true when I listen via -u-tube while on Spotify I would rate a 15-20 % reduced quality and thus better quality than -u-tube
It is as if you have an amazing musical library in your disposal where you can navigate and discover all kinds of music and artists
an impossible task if you had to buy and pay for every single and album and I love that.
I spent hours of listening and discovering new artists and new music but in the end and If I continue listening via a good stereo
and good speakers I get tired of missing all the important nuances in the music.
Where are the highs where are the lows how come everything sound dull and as if you would need to clean the tape heads
or get a new stylus for your turntable ?
It is as if you listen music via radio broadcasting and you discover the new songs and artists that you like
and then you go out to buy that single or the album that you discovered and loved for to enjoy its recording quality in front t of your speakers.
That kind of sound quality you can Now Only Hear when you Download the album or the single of the artists that you love.
When you download music then you buy the MP3 and you download it to your computer and it is YOURS to have and enjoy playing.
When you stream it is as if you share that same MP3 with hundreds , thousands or million more listeners, depending on how popular the artist is
and thus your musical experience is not at all the same as when you listen to the MP3 files that you have downloaded into your computer.
So by all means stream as much as you want but when you find something you really like Download it so that you can experience the music the artist
spent so many hours crafting the best way he/she could for you to experience it , and then lay back and say WOW!
It is MUSIC to My Ears!