What I don’t think the music publishers and artists who don’t allow their music on Spotify don’t get is that for a lot of us, the choice isn’t whether to buy the album or listen for free, the choice is whether to listen for free or not listen at all. I have a very limited budget for buying music, and will almost never buy an album without hearing it first because I don’t want to regret spending on it. The albums I love the most I listen to on Spotify on my smartphone, but also buy on CD to listen to in the car or with friends. Spotify allows me to try out artists that I hear about and then decide which ones I like enough to spend my limited funds on. Spotify has also been great for catching up with music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Some of the music is from the hundreds of cassettes I bought back in the day (used, mostly, I didn’t have a huge music budget then either). But a lot are albums that I couldn’t buy then, either, I only heard them on the radio. Speaking of radio, once upon a time new-fangled radio was going to kill the music industry because why would people buy recordings when the could listen for free? And a few decades before that the phonograph was going to kill the music industry because who would need to hire live musicians for every event when you could buy a recording once and play it over and over? When those changes happened the industry was shaken and yes, some people lost money and jobs, but the industry emerged stronger than ever. The internet and streaming will be no different in the end.