No thread. Seems like the time is right - Australia is finally catching up with the rest of the world and it looks like streaming music services will become a ''thing'' for us this year.
Spotify is landing in Australia imminently.
Rdio has just launched and is offering free unlimited 7 day trials. Created by the guys behind Skype.
JB Hi-Fi have launched Now, which stinks from a UI POV for me - and no mobile support. But y'know... development happening within Aus is not bad.
Overseas, the landscape is a little more populated - Rhapsody, Napster, etc etc. But we're only just getting started it seems.
So... it's definitely a killer app. For me, I think it will pay for itself just through being able to try music before I buy the hardcopy stuff. For casual music listeners, this'll basically replace their single track music purchases on iTunes that probably have a limited listening time span anyway.
The question I want to know the answer to is will any of these services manage to work out a business model that doesn't completely screw the artists out of decent revenue?