Ok so it looks like I'm doing the Spotify properly thing now after 8 years of coming and going with it... I'm having a free trial month and I'm loving how easy it is to get into new music and re-discover old music. As a musician, I feel like a traitor to my family as I don't get paid anything for my music being played there (I'm not registered with PRS as it costs more per year than the money I would get back).
So I'll still be buying albums from my favourite artists and for smaller artists like myself I'll be buying through Bandcamp as usual, whenever I can.
It's difficult to know when to stop resisting changes like this; at the end of the day, I love getting into new music and I think it's a great tool for that. Also synching my iPhone is the most almighty drama which I need to leave at least an hour free for before a trip, or on a Sunday night before I go back to Barcelona - and I'm tired of it. This way I can continue listening to the same music on my way to the tube, as I was when I was in the house.
I'm a bit sad that this means my music collection is not going to expand quite so much now and my £10 a month goes into a black hole that I don't receive any ownership of any music for, but thats how it is for now.
The music industry is changing all the time at the moment, so we'll see whats next...