The Pirate Bay, while being considered illegal, actually has legitimate and perfectly legal uses. Linux distros anyone? Or what about The Promo Bay? Also perfectly legal and features ONLY music by bands who put their music on there and want it downloaded. Some of which ends up on TPB.
More and more the labels are contractually requiring those services to block individual downloads of key tracks on every album (usually the most popular tracks) in a bid to coerce customers into buying the whole album to get that one track they want.
I was in Best Buy the other day and I saw they had a certain new release CD for $10. Not bad, but why would I even pay $10 when I can download it for free and put that $10 towards something else like gas or food?
Further, because of the widespread illegal downloading, companies that shortchange/ripoff artists, like Spotify, get footholds but their model is i a large degree a beneficiary of the illegal downloading problem. 2b1af7f3a8