With an increase in the availability of licensed music, an overwhelming number of music lovers in India are opting to download music to their devices (computer, mobile phones and music players, among other gadgets) instead of buying music CDs.
Users like Shefali A Rastogi, a Pune-based homemaker, do not remember when they had last bought a music CD. “It’s tough to recollect my last CD because I have been downloading everything from the music company’s website or purchasing songs on my mobile from my telecom operator or sometimes an app store.”
Rastogi says she can spend up to Rs 500 for purchasing digital music every month. “There are hundreds of websites that offer music tracks and albums, streaming services, free-to-use sites, internet radio, subscription models and online video channels. So, why should I buy music CDs?”