A Contrarian View: Spotify & Streaming Music Will Not Replace Purchase Or Piracy
Among those who have lived with Spotify longest, Sweden's music industry, the belief is that Spotify has virtually put an end to piracy. And music industry pundits point to a new era of renting music over owning. But will the average consumer really stop downloading music – legally or illegally – in favor of music streaming services like Rhapsody, MOG, Napster and Rdio?
The Electronic Frotier Foundation isn't so sure and explains why:
"More robust network connections, the popularity of tablets and smartphones, and the hype surrounding Spotify lead us to believe that streaming music's time may have come. But if users lose access to the work they’ve invested in searching through music catalogues, setting up playlists and favorites, and otherwise managing their music-listening habits, downloading music (legally or not) will still be a better alternative for many." – EFF
What do you think? Could Spotify and music streaming replace purchase and piracy?