We already know few buys discs anymore and buy digitally, music stores are closing en masse or converting to media stores and now sell more games and blurays than music. And even those are rapidly getting extinct. so Digital is the value to look at.
At this point, it simply does not seem to be the case that paying for a streaming service is more prevalent than buying (let alone owning previously bought) music. Do you have numbers to the contrary? Maybe you're looking at this specifically from a scandinavian perspective where the situation appears to be different.
conditions may be too unique in the wealthy, digitally connected Scandinavian country to draw broad conclusions, they suggest that the subscription format is growing.
music subscription services still represent only a small slice of the revenue pie. The CD may be in decline, but it’s still the single most popular music format.
The income from streaming is so low the economic validity of it has and is questioned regularly.
Because very few people actually pay for music streaming services.
Which gets me back to wondering how you reach the conclusion that "people […] rather pay a […] monthly fee [than buy music]".
I still fail to see how the numbers indicate the expression of that preference? You've grabbed on to the "25% of digital revenue" I presented to you. That number includes ad-supported streaming and even YouTube of all things. I find it far-fetched to take it as evidence for the preference of users to pay a monthly fee rather than buy music.
In this day and age, probably. People are expecting the new Music app to work like that because that's how Zune and Windows Media Player worked, but they're forgetting that this is an entirely new app, and the main reason for its existence is for the music streaming service.
it pushes the music streaming service first and foremost
new Microsoft music service and the apps that complement the service.
Which I think says it all. One might want to add that it's a paid