How do you typically get your media these days?

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Things have changed a lot over the years. I miss WinMX where if a search didn't have what you wanted, you could search again tomorrow when different peers were online.

These days, when I want to watch something, I first check justwatch.com to see if it's on any of the streaming services that I pay for. If not, my next step is the Cinema HD app, which does fairly well with recent things. The downside is that the downloader is terrible. (FDM helps with that.)

Now that I'm using Plex to stream things instead of my phone, my process is: Find download link in Cinema HD, copy it to a private Discord server that I use as a clipboard, grab the url from my PC and paste it into FDM, wait a few minutes and have Plex refresh the library files.

What's your procedure?
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If WinMX was still a thing I'd probably download more music because I like to have MP3s in my iTunes library which I sync to my iPhone (and listen on bluetooth in my car mainly) - I still buy CDs and rip them in if it's an artist/album I really like.

But the importance has lessened with the advent of streaming. If I don't have the MP3 version it doesn't matter so much now, I've got a Spotify account and 99.9% of what I would normally listen to is on there anyway. It's hard to see how music streaming could become any easier or user friendly, which is pretty amazing when we think of the RIAA digital pushback in the early 2000s.

I still use BT a bit, maybe every few months just to get a bunch of things that I need to catch up on and aren't on TV/streaming/on-demand. Reality shows like Survivor are tough to find legitimately. Video is a bit different now because the market is so fragmented. When Netflix had pretty much everything, it was great. Now that there's a thousand different services I think it'll push people back to BT.

Speaking of which, I can't believe it's been 20 years and no P2P protocol has replaced BT. Surely with the advances in technology there must be something better. Not that there was anything wrong with the tracker/torrent model, but I am surprised there hasn't been something.
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I mostly use streaming now. Netflix, HBO, Amazon, and Spotify. Like Battye, I still buy and rip discs. I also went back to buying vinyl records. In the car I either use Spotify or, more likely, a 64 GB pen drive that has mostly rock and metal on it.
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