I realize my use cases -- perhaps my stubbornness -- are primary factors in holding off on signing up for any streaming services. If you're a big music fan, and you spend more than $10 a month on music anyway, then streaming services are a no-brainer. Even my audio quality complaint becomes less relevant when considering the millions of titles I'd have have access to. Streaming services allow you to discover new tunes, plus the integrated social features make sharing a snap.
There are certain things I can't live without: power, cell/data and Internet access top the list; and yes, the benefits of those digital basics go away once you stop paying for them. But music to me isn't just another service. It's something I keep.
Sign up for CIO Asia eNewsletters.