desmond wrote:It's probably possible, but only a tiny proportion of Spotify listeners would bother, or have the technical knowhow to do it, so I think it's unlikely to affect Spotify's bottom line at all.
If a user really wants DRM free files, I'm sure there are plenty of places on the internet they could be retrieved from, without requiring Spotify at all.
I've not looked at stats for illegal downloads recently but with Spotify and others costing £10 or so per month I do think that the incentive to pirate music has decreased.
For one off songs/albums I can see the appeal might still be strong but in that case you have been able to do it for decades with various software.
While pirating via the web or old skool methods like Naspter might be alien to young people. being able to do so via Spotify could increase the interest.
I love Spotify so am happy to pay for a service that is platform neutral and doesn't try to abuse it's market position unlike some other services that have been referred to the EU for abuse of power. Some companies are rotten to the core and need investigating.
The EU is one of the few entities that are large enough to take on these pip squeaks.