Spotify Has Users “By The Balls.” Users Disagree.
Sean Parker spoke about Spotify at The Daily Beast's conference. Rather candidly, Parker explained that the war on piracy has been a failure and that the answer to it is Spotify. He says that once users become addicted to their music libraries they will want to bring these songs with them on the go and this is when they are most likely to get fans to subscribe to the service.
He claims, in this sense, that he will have users "by the balls". One commenter quickly disputed Parker's claims, saying, "The war on music piracy is a failure alright. But so is his thinking." They argue that fans are in control now. If artists want fans to buy music from them, they will have to make it better than piracy.
Spotify will not force users to fork over money because their songs are locked onto their desktop. That is the main point that everyone seems to be missing they say, the fans have Spotify and the music industry by the balls. Yet they Spotify thinks it is the other way around. Take a look at Sean Parker's talk: