Link: The download is dead; Long live the stream – MarketWatch

The download is dead; Long live the stream – MarketWatch

Apple Inc.’s AAPL -0.04%   reported $3.2 billion bid to buy Beats Electronics LLC, the headphone- and speaker-maker and music-streaming company, comes as many experts predict a future without digital music downloads. Downloading music files, they say, has become too cumbersome, restrictive and expensive compared with streaming services. And while Apple hasn’t publicly commented on its intentions with the potential Beats acquisition, industry analysts say it’s a sign that Apple is trying to join the music migration.
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