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I don't have a problem with the idea of a Spotify type model in which the bands are given an amount per play, provided it's large enough that everyone is happy with their payout, and provided it doesn't eliminate more traditional delivery systems.
Though if it's the case that the Spotify model means the record labels get money and they can give whatever portion they want to whichever bands they want, that sounds kind of shitty.
I don't recall anyone saying that hypersleep arrested aging.
If anything, Romilly implied that he would've died of old age just the same: "It didn't seem right to sleep the rest of my life away" or whatever exactly he said.
My take was that he could've spent pretty much forever in hypersleep, but didn't want to basically sleep his way towards the heat death of the universe in hopes that maybe somebody would wake him up someday.
Which, to be fair, is kind of a horrifying thought.
I don't think albums are strictly necessary, but I find it hard to support the idea that they're not relevant. That strikes me as a bit like saying that the existence of YouTube clips makes feature length movies irrelevant.
Something like MCR's The Black Parade, in fairly recent memory, was a fantastic rock opera that definitely was greater than the sum of its (very good) parts. Meanwhile, I just popped in Michael Jackson's Bad and found it to be incredibly enjoyable listening to it in a prescribed order rather than just listening to the songs in random order as one-offs.
There's no reason why albums can't still exist when they demonstrably provide something that discreet five minute songs fundamentally cannot.