Daniel Ek is rightly frustrated. Streaming seems to be the future (even Adele's manager thinks so), yet it is seen as the villain of our modern day. How can you make money on streaming a song for free? I doesn't know, I doesn't know (try adverts, for one, which Spotify have, and which SoundCloud will soon have, and which also YouTube has). It is very shortsighted, limiting, narrow-minded, ignorant, etc. to damn streaming just because you – your subjective individual totally fallible persona – cannot see how it makes money. It's an accompaniment, a helping of complementary revenue on top of downloads. For now, anyway.

Spotify detractors come in the form of music bidness people – old men yelling at clouds. However, it is the music bidness that is the damaging force right now. "We’ve already paid more than $2 billion in royalties to the music industry," Ek wrote in a blog post, "and if that money is not flowing to the creative community in a timely and transparent way, that’s a big problem." I wonder what percentage of album sales actually make it back to the artists themselves.

He continued, debunking "three misconceptions" (too lengthy to post here, so do be sure to read the blog post), one of which was that streaming pays too little: "At our current size, payouts for a top artist like Taylor Swift (before she pulled her catalog) are on track to exceed $6 million a year, and that’s only growing – we expect that number to double again in a year. Any way you cut it, one thing is clear – we’re paying an enormous amount of money to labels and publishers for distribution to artists and songwriters, and significantly more than any other streaming service." Ouch, poor Taylor. Her army of advisors made a bad move.

Perhaps criticism of Spotify is political, at least in the music bidness world. Who has deals with whom with regards to where and how an album from a Very Important Artist is to be released? Might just be a case of old loyalties being stronger than actually seeing sense. It's similar to when people were dismissing the internet in the '90s – you couldn't possibly have virtual friendships or socialise online; or ordering food online, whatever next, a solarium on Mars? It is better to think with hope than doubt literally everything that might do us a shred of good.

Also: Spotify overtook iTunes in terms of revenue in Q1 of 2014 – with both services growing by 5%. Isn't that interesting?