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.
As you say, interesting.
One special thing they have to offer is their knowledge of how to organise a catalogue of classical recordings.
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.