I’m ok with thought exercices but, here is that really the main scenario we want to provide Downloads for? There’ll always be something wrong until we can provide multiple choices, in the meantime, is our focus really to provide the worse format so that it fits people with a bad 3G connection in a hurry to download a Resonate playlist ? (which they can’t do unless they already own all the songs or buy them which would be the number of songs * 1.25€ and if they already own all the song I guess we could just say they should have downloaded them first which is why in most cases this scenario wouldn’t happen).
And here again I really want to emphasize, do we really believe the people wealthy enough to pay for a resonate playlist in full so that they can download it in a hurry are the same demographic that’s concerned about their spotty 3G internet that they pay for by the megabyte?
I’d be really curious to hear about this, especially about what would the “communal” infrastructures for the implementation of this look like, do we have examples for how these things work etc. ? That’s the part I’m struggling to understand, apart from that yeah anything local community based (basically in broader terms anything that means people could still enjoy some or all the benefits of resonate without solely relying on our monolitic internal server infrastructure) would be great in the absolute.
Also I’ll add this is more interesting than a bad download format because it effectively (in principle) preserves the full Resonate experience (ie. it preserves the low access price to the discovery of songs basically).
I want to come back to this because I feel like I’m being confrontational for the sake of it or pushing for “sound quality” (when really I’m not since I’m rooting for a lossy format) like a purist of some sort so I just want to make my opinion clearer because I don’t want it to look like I don’t care about it.
The reason I’m insisting here is because I want us to be clear on something : As it stands, Resonate is NOT a service that’s welcoming for people in dire financial needs and in complicated access to internet situations. It requires a good connection to run because it’s a streaming service, so if you’re by the minute on megabytes in 3G it’s a shit proposition for you, it requires to pay 1.25€ for a song that you could listen to basically for free forever on Spotify, Youtube or whatever so it’s not a good solution for that either. What we provide is an ethical service that comes AT A PRICE. The price is you have to pay 1.25€ if you want to listen to a song more than 9 times. In the current economy, this effectively means we’re a luxury good - like most “ethical alternatives” by the way since they often imply a price increase to feel better about yourself that you’re “supporting” a different/pricier way of doing things, it’s a pitfall we need to think through in its entirety. Resonate isn’t so much an alternative to streaming as it’s a clever way to push people back into the habit of buying the music they like at a premium which is a pattern they’ve abandonned. It means we’ll probably appeal to people with a decent enough connexion, who can shell out money for the music they love in the hundreds per year (if you’ve loved 10 albums in a year, and they’re all 10 songs long, you’ll have effectively spent 125€ on Resonate if you want to own them) OR to people who will have to forget about the option of ever downloading entirely, and just use it as a rather cheap discovery service until they’re absolutely certain they want to spend more (so for example out of the 10 albums they love, they listen 9 of them on other services to avoid finishing their credits, and then listen to the one they trully adore 9 times on Resonate to buy it).
So really, I’m all for us trying to figure out solutions for low wage workers, people with bad internet access, countries with currencies that make a € an extremely high value etc. but we need to find complete solutions, because otherwise, we’ll just propose a worse service for an audience that litterally isn’t there because they don’t even really have access to our platform even if we would love them to.
I’ve been advocating for a “low wage option” on the platform where we basically give away credits or make credits much cheaper if people tell us they can’t pay right now because they’re poor but would like to use the platform, although I’m aware this opens the door to an entire subset of questions, but however I put it, I’m more interested in the question of how we can provide the best experience to folks without the means to usually access them.