In the late 2000s, piracy was plaguing the music industry; artists were suing streaming services and banning fans from listening to their music. Fast-forward more than a decade and this all seems like ancient history. What happened?

Spotify happened.

Figure 1: Original Spotify Logo, Source

Background

Before streaming services came around file sharing sites like Napster, LimeWire and The Pirate Bay were the go-to places to get your music fix. However there was one slight issue, you weren’t paying for the songs.

Musicians didn’t take well to having their songs pirated. At the turn of the millennia, Metallica infamously sued Napster for “facilitating piracy, and trying to…

Talhah Matadar

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