Spotify, the online service offering unlimited free music streaming, landed in Australia yesterday.

Originally launched in 2008, the Swedish music service offers users access to millions of tracks from the catalogues of Warner Music, EMI, Sony Music Entertainment and more. The only catch: unless you opt for the premium version, after every three or four tracks you’re forced to endure compulsory advertising.

However, with the rise of online music piracy threatening the livelihoods of musicians and record executives alike, a free and legal service like Spotify could provide a solution that’ll not only secure the future of the music industry but relieve the consciences of millions of reluctant pirates.

Words & video: MATT BAXTER

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