Streaming Music Has an Offline Problem

photo: Spotify

There was just one problem—a pesky little “1x” at the top left corner of my iPhone’s screen. Technically, the symbol indicates you have 2G service (party like it’s 1999!), but really, the 1x is the universal indicator that you can’t do nothin’ on your phone. So around the circle we went, the whole dozen of us, everyone checking their phone to see if they had enough service to stream music. Nobody did. And nobody had any music stored on their phone, because why would they? It’s 2015. – David Pierce, WIRED