You are mixing two very different issues here, and that leads to a flawed logic, in my opinion. Simply put "making a living off of music" and "expecting to get paid when people actually get the work you put for sale" aren't in the same league to begin with. The whole "making a living off music" is something that is as diverse as it gets. Being reasonable, your original work will get you some income if people fancy it enough, but many of us end up doing all sorts of session work and hired gun stints to make sure we can get along without major issues. Speaking of my own case, I do not expect Atonement to net me vast sums of money in any way shape or form, nor such a torrent of gigs that I can afford to stop doing session work and the like and become a new Steve Vai of sorts - expecting that is, at least in my view, unrealistic and supremely arrogant, as you assume many, many thousands will find you awesome and flock to buy your stuff. I do expect people to stream the tracks to give them a listen and, should they like them and want to keep them, pay me (and it is ME they are paying, as I am solely responsible for the entire process) to do so. If not, stream away - it's free and I'm more than happy to see people go to one of my pages to enjoy my songs. This brings me to point 2 instantly. I am already taking a risk in making the album at my own expense to begin with, and until further notice, I got 0% of my hard earned cash back, with more money to go when I place the CD order and pay Mattayus for the final masters. I am also giving one of my tracks away in exchange for a measly FB wall post, and I never remove tracks from streaming unless I am replacing them with a version with better quality. This is absolutely free for the final consumer and I gain ZERO from it, but it was MY choice. I own the material, I make it free in whatever form I deem appropriate. That also makes it my choice, and one that must be respected legally and ethically, to ask for money should you like my songs enough to want a full resolution download. By doing this, I'm expecting decency, not a half-arsed excuse regarding the evils of modern corporations my solo work isn't even related to, sorry. I also don't expect anything from music, I simple make it because it's in my nature to do so - this doesn't exclude that I ask for people to help me out as I don't eat air, nor does my family, and other than the expenses I have doing the best I can to give you guys a pleasurable listening experience, the time I spend taking care of all this stuff is time I'm not getting paid for in any way except for the less than 2 pints worth money the downloadable version will cost.