Spotify and Bootleg Recordings

07/30/2011

Spotify, and other streaming services, are supposed to offer legal “alternatives” to file sharing. Yet are they fully legal themselves? Search briefly for some of my favorite non-classical artists, I came across a number of bootleg recordings: the first two albums shown when you look for music by the Grateful Dead, and the first two albums listed by Bob Dylan. I haven’t searched too many artists to see what other bootlegs are in the Spotify collection, but the presence of any bootlegs makes me question how such a service can claim to be honest.