I think the most privacy respecting music streaming service is right now is Apple Music(what a shocker). You can use Apple Music with open source client (or the web version).
I recommend watching this Techlore video regarding music streaming services.: The MOST PRIVATE Music Streaming Options in 2022 - YouTube
Not sure about movies tho, since each stream service has their exclusives shows and movies (unlike music streaming services) and kinda have to subscribing to them all.
For music, you got options. idk about movies tho (cinemas also exist btw …)
The best way is really to download a file and play it locally. With music it’s pretty easy, Bandcamp is great, but with Movies and TV it’s a lot tougher since they don’t really let you have the raw mp4 files usually because they really want to force DRM on you.
I’ve stopped pirating games since I had actually income. I havent started the same with music and movies but I is doable. You can always buy DVD/BluRays in cash and rip your own copies and steam them via Jellyfin or Navidrome/Airsonic.
The problem is acquiring them. If you deliver physical stuff to your house, you will violate your own privacy. You can have them delivered to a PO box which is sort of okay. The government has your information anyway.
Because many people agree that downloading or streaming pirated content is stealing/theft.
and also this
The notion that somehow entertainment is not valuable because it’s not as tangible as a car or a piece of clothing is both inaccurate and damaging. Even digital products contain “manufacturing” costs and, in the case of movies and TV shows, it’s the many years, the massive amount of high-tech equipment and the hundreds of skilled professionals it takes to make the content. The exchange of money for works, goods and services is an essential mechanism in market based economies and thus, if people access content via illegal sites, they are plainly and simply stealing.
Not totally sure what you’re looking for then. Artists’ music is copyrighted. Streaming companies need to know that people/accounts are paying for the content. Artists deserve to make money from their work. So there needs to be some of transaction.
I think the gift card with a dummy email is your best bet. It’s legal, and fair to the artists who need to get paid.
Then using Apple Music is the best option. It is far more private than the competition. You can use an open source client like Cider if you don’t want to use Apple’s music player. Also, you don’t need an iDevice to subscribe to Apple Music (and the pricing is competitive with Spotify specially if you are a student). You can purchase “Apple Gift Cards” that can be used with any Apple service, including Apple Music, as throwaway suggested.
I’m going to switch to a Linux phone at some point soon, so for me, I think Spotify with Spot would be a better option. Are the privacy implications of using Spotify with Spot any worse than those of using Apple Music with Cider?
The clients don’t make much of a difference for privacy. It comes down to Apple Music vs Spotify.
Apple does not share personal data with third parties for their own marketing purposes.
Clear… straightforward… One sentence
Let us look at Spotify
To promote Spotify with our partners. We share certain User Data and Usage Data with these partners where necessary to:
enable you to participate in Spotify promotions, including trials or other bundled offers
to promote Spotify in media and advertising published on other online services
help us and our partners to measure the effectiveness of Spotify promotions
Examples of partners include:
marketing or sponsorship partners
websites and mobile apps who sell us advertising space on their services
device, app and mobile partners who also offer Spotify promotions
Our partners may also combine the personal data we share with them with other data they collect about you, e.g. your use of their services. We and our partners may use this information to present you with offers, promotions, or other marketing that we think you’ll find relevant.
Spotify clearly sells your data to 3rd party.
For me there is a clear privacy-friendly candidate. Ultimately, it is up to you and your threat assessment.