record companies are parasites to the world of art in today's electronic world. They have served their purpose, mainly promoting artists and distributing their music, but they have become obsolete to a much better system:
The internet can promote and distribute musicians and their music FAR better than the recording industry ever could.
First off, musicians have to realize that without the recording industry, their music would be much more pure... the industry has spoiled artists with money and their art has suffered. Musicians should harken back to the days before the recording industry, when musicians were everyday people with an emotion that they had to express.
Secondly, the recording industry should (althought it never will) realize that it is a parasite. It carries around with it a HUGE obsolete system that it imposes on musicians everywhere, and makes money by both exploiting the musicians and the public. It will defend itself to the death, and that is fine with me, because its death will happen soon enough.
oh yeah, and to stay on topic
i haven't tried any of the music subscription programs.