We still remember the days when we'd go to Odyssey and Tower Records for audio cassettes and CDs, or to Greenhills for more hard-to-find/bootleg records. We don't do that these days, mainly because it's more convenient—not to mention space-saving—to get our music online.
Although we do miss the good ol' backmasking era, we have to keep up with the times, while also staying on the legit side of things. For those who are only about to let go of physical media, the biggest question is where they can listen/download/stream awesome music online, aside from iTunes and YouTube, of course.
You're in luck, digital noobs, because we have five more options for you. Rakenrol!
It's the newest (streaming) kid on the block...well, at least in the Philippines. Launched here only a one month ago, Spotify gives you access to more than 30 million tunes from local and international artists/bands. And if you're a Globe subscriber, you can soundtrip with Globe's GoSURF data plans for prepaid and postpaid accounts. We also suggest upgrading to Spotify Premium: it costs only P129 a month; and lets you access your playlists online or offline via your mobile phone or your PC.
Hear it: A quick look around Spotify showed us beloved songs and albums from the Eraserheads, Up Dharma Down, Side A, Itchyworms, and Rivermaya; and even a playlist from Spotify Philippines called Manny's OPM Karaoke Picks, by (who else?) Manny Pacquiao. Champion!
A homegrown service, Spinnr—allied with Smart—was ahead of import Spotify by around half a year. Unlike Spotify, Spinnr allows its users not just to stream music, but also download songs and send them to other Spinnr users.
You can spend as low as P15 for two weeks' worth of access and song discounts, or up to P49 for a full month's service, along with exclusive perks from Smart Music. Spinnr also offers single downloads (for P10 to P15 per song) for those who haven't sign up yet for their packages.
Hear it: Spinnr has a smaller catalogue, with only more than 3 million songs as opposed to Spotify's over 30 million tunes. But it still serves up a great selection; we saw Daft Punk, OneRepublic, and Fall Out Boy listed on Spinnr, as well as local hitmakers like Gloc 9, Chicosci, Franco, and Urbandub. Access Spinnr via browser, or through your smartphone.