As mobile carriers continue to increase the network speeds and bandwidth options on their networks and more and more Wi-Fi hotspots are popping up all over the country, the ability to stream music or video has become easier than it ever has before. Culturally, there has been a huge shift from the traditional method of owning your own media and entertainment to simply using one of the various streaming services.
The Pros and Cons of Owning or Streaming
|Choose the exact song or video you want, when you want it.||Limited to the media you own.|
|Organize your files according to your needs.||Each new song or video costs money.|
|Requires very little bandwidth from your carrier.||Takes up valuable space on your device.|
|Sync the media you choose for each of your devices.||Requires time to manage effectively.|
|Huge library available.||Requires heavier bandwidth potentially pushing the limit of your data contract.|
|Available on a wide range of devices for better access.||Not as easy to choose a specific song or video.|
|Easy to manage, requiring very little time.||Requires access to Internet in order to listen.|
When deciding whether or not you want to stream your media or listen to your own songs or videos you have downloaded, you must take into account all the different pros and cons of each before you choose where to get your entertainment fix for the day. Choosing to stream your music makes it easy for you to listen without having to choose playlists or select songs and is great for on the go however, this convenience comes with the cost of added bandwidth which could potentially push the limits of your data contract and could even add charges to your account if you go over. Using your own library is a great way to avoid these charges and you can even listen to them if you don’t have access to the Internet but these files can be rather large and take up quite a bit of storage on your device. Before you put those headphones on and get lost in the world of music or video, remember to examine your listening or viewing needs and evaluate that against your service plans before you choose which route to go.