All I Have Left Is You
Why do they release an album instead of just streaming it online? Because then people can own something, they can have the artwork, and they can listen to it without having the internet. A stream before release is so people can listen before buying. I never buy an album without hearing it first anymore.
By the way, it's not a "sneak" (you probably mean "leak") when the band and the label release a stream online.
Last edited by Llamas; 06-25-2012 at 10:10 AM.
And along the way I listened to every song as soon as it became available online, whether streamed by the band in full quality or shitty youtube versions of live tracks. Neither of these end up online by accident. When the band plays a new track live, they know full well it will end up on youtube. They've said so in interviews that they know they're debuting tracks "to the world" when they play them live for the first time.
If the appeal for you is some sort of smug, self-denial thing, then do your own thing. But it doesn't make you more of "a fan," and it certainly doesn't give you any reason to pass judgment on anyone else on the boards for failing to live up to some ill-reasoned ethical code for listening to music.
Go on now they won‘t tell
Go on now and save yourself