I’ll just skip to the chase. I think Spotify is a disaster for the music industry and here’s why.

Search for “spotify piracy” on Google and you will see that they have done a fantastic job painting a rosy picture as being an alternative to piracy.  Truth is, they probably are.  The restrictions on the free version are bearable enough for anybody who prefers not to break the law to put up with, and $5 a month for no ads pretty much means you can listen to whatever you want without breaking the law and without advertisements.  Alternative to piracy?  For most users, I believe it.