Since Napster, negative opinions on file sharing and streaming have cooled considerably, and the technology for it has only improved. Today, with Netflix, Spotify, and a plethora of other streaming services available, movies and music have become more easily useable for all. Plus, the cost of consuming culture has been cut down exponentially. Combined, Netflix and Spotify accounts will cost you $20 a month, which is roughly the cost of one CD or Blu-Ray. Is it unfair to the producers? Yes, and the process of working out the kinks of this new system will be long and arduous. But, for now, consumers have no right to complain about what the marketplace looks like for digital streaming compared to where it once was.
File Sharing and Streaming Technology