Originally Posted by MasterBillyQuizBoy
Why would you steal music anymore? It's trivial to pay for lossless audio and you can support the band coming to your town to play live.
I remember playing free Spotify on my stereo and wondering how the paid version sounded. Worlds better. So much better.
If you are in "selected" countries that these country locked streaming services allow, rich to be able to spend money on music and bands actually ever go to your town, well you must be living in "western rich world capital or other bigger city".
Had Spotify paid, sounded the same trash as free and always worse than my own offline sources from CDs etc. They didn't figure out squat with Spotify, a bloody free radio has better quality than that and with less drops. Plus the selection on Spotify is limited mostly to English music, so if you're not from UK/US/AU/NZ/CA the spy5, then selection will look rather limited to you if they even allow access to it in your country at all. Hence other regions have their own streaming services with probably very similar content variety issues.
Bands don't see squat from streaming services really. The only way a band sees listeners money is buy from the band directly. But no, most big bands nowadays resort to signing with a studio that will market them, take most of their profits and direct their music.
Not to mention some rips that Spotify did are quite horrendous from a poor source. Their cataloging is a mess to navigate, a single band rarely contains their whole discography so you have to find the rest elsewhere anyway, and so on.
Won't pay for a poor service if available at all, simply no. I prefer to own a copy of the music not just rent it for a limited time.
Cassettes died as CD took over and shortly after it all got wiped by flash.