Overheard on CNN.com: Streaming debate strikes chord with music fans
A collection of Les Paul's guitars and recording equipment went up for bid at the end of May. But who 'owns' your music?
June 16th, 2012
03:11 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: Streaming debate strikes chord with music fans

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Music is an emotional connection for people. For the people who love it, their favorite songs, bands and artists weave a soundtrack for life, changing to suit growing pains and shifting moods. When one of our writers, Jareen Imam, detailed the shifting ways that people access their music, the emotions of music listeners climbed higher.

By interviewing college-age music fans, Imam discovered that an increasing number of that demographic opts to stream music instead of buy it. They stream music by using online services like Pandora, Spotify, 8tracks and The Hype Machine. Purchasing actual albums in stores or dropping $1.29 for a new single on iTunes? Not so popular with them, because it amounts to 'a lot of work.'

Young listeners opting to stream, not own music

CNN.com's readers immediately took to the comments. The debate tugged back and forth between advocates of streaming vs. downloading or buying their favorite tunes. Many wondered whether streaming is the best way to show your favorite musicians that you care. Or is a download or album purchase the best way?

But then, strains of other, and perhaps older, arguments began over the quality of music today, if artists should just focus on making money on concerts rather than albums and even if people should buy only albums or only singles. Others simply referred those against streaming to another form that has been around for a while: the radio.

For the people streaming music, they were also open to other ways of getting their music fix.

25700_Reg: I just got into st[r]eaming with Pandora. I use it on long rides, but I don't like that I can't control what plays next. Well maybe I don't know how as of yet. I let my son use my iPhone to listen while he was visiting and the next time I went to hook up, it kept playing his kind of raunchy rap crap. I hate it!

Serge Cruz Jr.: Great article... To me it's pretty simple, experience LIVE music whenever possible, own what you LOVE & stream everything else...

einZuschauer: I think people are seeking personalization and customization.  If streaming suits their needs that is great but there is no guarantee that the music will always be available.  Personally, I like having multiple options to find the music that fits my mood, but I always end up purchasing my favorite music.

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June 16th, 2012
03:46 AM ET

Opposition to UN mission: Implement a peace plan in Syria or go home

(CNN) - The opposition claimed at least 25 people were killed in early morning violence Saturday in Syria while activists say a U.N. monitoring mission to oversee a peace plan to end the bloodshed has been futile.

The opposition allegations come as the United States says it is tracking a Russian military cargo ship en route to Syria that is carrying weapons, ammunition and a small number of Russian troops.

U.S. intelligence believes the Russians are sending the ship to help fortify its naval base in Syria as the situation in country continues to spiral out of control, Pentagon officials told CNN Friday.

Frustration over 15 months of relentless killings in Syria came to a head when opposition activists sent a message to a U.N.-backed observer mission: Implement a peace plan in order to stop the bloodshed - or go home.

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June 16th, 2012
03:44 AM ET

Mother of suspect in Canada killings pleads for his surrender

The mother of a man accused of killing three people during a robbery attempt at a Canadian university pleaded for him to surrender.

"Trav, as your mother, I ask that you come forward now and take responsibility for your actions," said Sandy Baumgartner, according to the Edmonton Police Service.

"Please Travis, I love you, and I'm pleading with you with all of my heart, to end this without further bloodshed. As your mother, I promise to you now, that I will be there by your side to support you."

The mother was referring to Travis Brandon Baumgartner, who Edmonton police say is behind the Friday robbery of an armored vehicle at the University of Alberta. The shooting left three security employees dead and a fourth critically injured.

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June 16th, 2012
03:44 AM ET

Polls open in Egypt amid political chaos

CAIRO (CNN) - Egyptians started casting their ballots Saturday in a presidential runoff that pits two candidates whose platforms are at the crux of the country's political chaos.

On one side, an Islamist backed by the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. On the other, a former air force general who served as the last prime minister in the waning days of Hosni Mubarak's regime.

And sitting in the background, overseeing the election - and the creation of a new constitution - are the military rulers who have been in control of the country since Mubarak was ousted from power last year.

The biggest question facing the at least 50 million Egyptians eligible to cast ballots in the runoff is what happens after voters decide between Mohamed Morsi of the Justice and Freedom Party, the Muslim Brotherhood's political arm, and former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik.

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