Any one of my friends or family members can tell you that I’m obsessed with Spotify, and I am a premium user. It’s affected my life in so many positive ways, but the main one being that I haven’t downloaded a single record illegally since I upgraded. I used to steal anything that I couldn’t find at the record store, which is a lot of what I listen to. Not anymore. Is Spotify perfect? Of course not. But I think it really is the future, and people should be looking for ways to develop its royalty payout system. It has stopped me from pirating music and I think it can do the same for many others. $120 a year is a pittance for the amount of music I get access to and I would happily pay more for Spotify’s services.