I had an interesting questionnaire from Presto today
In this questionnaire they asked about my music purchasing and listening habits, but the bulk of the questions were on streaming services - what I found frustrating and what I would ideally want with a streaming service.
Perhaps they are looking into the possibility of starting a streaming service themselves. Coming late to the party though, they might find it difficult to establish themselves unless they had something very special to offer.
I received it to and agree it seems both interesting and late to the game.
Some things I noted were that the survey asked for details about one's home hi-fi system, as well on the CD purchases, and whether one would like to have the option for purchasing actual CDs through a streaming music website.
PURE SPECULATION: Perhaps they're thinking of partnering with a streaming service in some way that they might sell CDs through them, rather than starting their own service.
@jchokey I have not bought a CD (or download) since I started streaming, as I see no reason to own something that I can hire so cheaply. In Cambridge there is only one classical CD shop left, and this has now moved into a small area of the basement, with no window display at all.
I too did the survey. I use streaming services to identify which recordings I will add to my repeated listening list. As well, to identify recordings I would like to hear in hi-res format. Most importantly, I make purchases from Presto to support and applaud those musicians whose recordings I appreciate.
The Presto music player also lets me hear my favourite purchases any time.
@hugh Today on the BBC Record Review programme, they had Presto Classical's Chris O'Reilly, and he said that Presto hoped to launch a streaming service in the Autumn. He recognised the importance of documentation, so hopefully booklets, and their excellent search from their website could make their service attractive.