Swift indicated how she views streaming in a July opinion piece published in the Wall Street Journal. "Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically," she wrote, while also pointing out that "people are still buying albums, but now they're buying just a few of them."
I agree, piracy may have given a big blow to the music industry, but things like Spotify make music also for small acts a much more difficult economic proposition.
When piracy was king, people who ripped the music, might have still turned into fans and then thought better of it and bought the album for the regular price. (I know I have plenty of times)
Now though, nobody listens to albums anymore, music turns more and more into background entertainment with which people don't really identify. (the all you can eat
overeating and mediocre taste abound).
And to top it up, they all think they have already been honest, because they pay 10 bucks a month to someone
But that someone is never the small independent artist, who at the most gets a few cents a month.
Even Beck states that he would have to get a day job if had to live of the money he makes of Spotify.
If Spotify and the like turn into the only game in town, no one but the Justin Biebers of the world will be able to live off their music.