Personally, I am listening to music chosen for me by Comcast right now and a combination subscription/buy model sounds most interesting to me. Most music I listen to isn’t worth owning. But the RIAA doesn’t seem particularly concerned about music listeners.
[Robert Scoble – Om says tough times ahead for Jobs]
Scoble’s comment that most music isn’t worth owning really resonated with me. I think we can generalize – most content isn’t worth owning. Music, movies, books, etc. I find it interesting how the own vs. rent model works in each of these independent forms of media. For example, most people want to “own” their music, but have no problem renting movies. Most people buy books, even though libraries are pretty prevelent, but I wonder if that’s more related to availability. How many popular books are at the local library to borrow?
I hope we see some dovetailing around the rental model across all content types in the future.