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You can't turn back the clock / can't put the cat in the bag, etc. That's what some artists want to do. Like, they think there's some way that you could stop the internet and they'd suddenly become the Beatles. Instead, people would just not listen to or find out about their music.
Spotify et al are replacing torrents/limewire/whatever. That's the alternative for people who want to listen to new music without spending hundreds of dollars a month. And isn't it great? There are more listeners listening to more bands than ever now. Buying concert tickets and shirts and vinyl.
The most successful streaming services will differentiate themselves by becoming more than "a place to listen to music for cheap". They'll be a place for artists to connect with fans. Spotify is moving in that direction by letting artists create playlists, become "official", and gain "followers". They're showing tour dates via Songkick. I imagine soon we'll see embedded merch stores, ticket sales, and band announcements.
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