I will agree that there is too much music out there so even if you want to buy as much as you want you simply cant, so having the option to listen to music before you make a purchase is a big bonus.
I remember back in the 90s when I was purchasing a lot of LP’s I always prefer to go to the store that they allowed me to listen to some songs before I buy the LP, and yes back then most labels send promo CD’s so you could listen to the new release, plus on that store that they mainly had metal music so no one would complain playing about the music
Now with spotify, youtube even with various trackers you have that option available to you. You can listen to the LP that interested you and if you like it you buy it, if not move to the next release.
For the so called piracy you also need to add the cost of purchasing LP’s and if I spent my hard earned money I want to buy the LP that I like and to do so I have to listen to it before buying it.
I remember that back in the 90’s most new LP’s cost 2000-2500 drachmas (here in Greece) and now that went up to 25-30 euro, something that its three and up to four times the price that I paid back in the not so distant past. Again cost is another factor for many people that forces them into piracy.
So the way I see it you are forced to move in to piracy at some point, even if you dont want to do that.
At this point you have hoped that things would have moved forward and see more affordable prices for CD’s LP’s and also easier access to media through legal ways*, spotify or other services that would allow listening to music at a lower bitrate but for free even with a few ads, and yes this way would have bring them more people that would actually go out and purchase music or movies.
But NO, it looks like we are still stuck with people that only look at numbers and pretend not to see where things have moved to, so they choose to use piracy as a scapegoat for their mistakes and also their lack in taking actions to solve the problem that they created.
Its really disappointing.
This is a very complex problem, but in general lower prices, more easily accessible media thought legal channels and better quality products (less DRM would also help) should help to solve a big part of the problem, at least for those like like music/movies and are willing to pay to have them in their collection.
Not much can be done for the small minority of people that want everything for free, those people will be here not matter what is done, and will always will be unstratified.
*this is happened but its not always very legal