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>They haven't exactly got a monopoly, they're fighting off competition from amazon music, apple music, youtube/google, and a few others.
Sure, just like BP don't have a monopoly on oil, there's a dozen other evil megacorps to shaft you in their place. I get that they're providing people with exactly what they want, so I'm not faulting anyone for using what they're offering. I'd just encourage anyone who's serious about music to think about being more direct with how they obtain their collection.
I say it's harmful overall because as shite as the way the old music industry was, at least you had artists focusing on being artists. You got a big fuckoff loan from some executive who directly reamed your arsehole in person and made you their bitch. Nowadays musicians are dividing their time between being youtubers, teachers, gigging, and commodifying their whole life on social media in order to scrape a living; every one of those companies wants a share of your arsehole, and none of them has a big enough cock to get you off.
Anyway whatever. Thank fuck I have a real job instead.