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This Week's PSB Survey
Should the Pet Shop Boys make their new album (scheduled for Spring 2016 release) available on streaming services, such as Spotify, Apple Music, Google Music, Pandora, and Rhapsody? If so, when? Which of the following responses comes closest to expressing how you feel about this?

No, they should never make it available on streaming services (for whatever reason).
Yes, they should make it available on streaming services, but not until a month or so after its release (since releasing in that way sooner may hurt physical and digital sales).
  Yes, they should make it available on streaming services on the day of release because:
  … although it may result in lower physical and digital sales and lower the album's chart positions, that doesn't bother me. But it will help bring new PSB music to a wider and perhaps younger audience.
  …it would likely increase exposure to the music, which may encourage more people to buy a physical or digital copy, thereby actually promoting greater sales.
Maybe they should make some of the album (say, three or four tracks) available on streaming services as a promotional strategy, but not all of it.
I really have no opinion about this, or I have such mixed feelings that I'm unable to choose one of the other responses.
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This website has no "official" connection to the Pet Shop Boys. It merely presents my own personal commentary—often including attempted explanations and interpretations—on the songs of my favorite contemporary pop band. Of course, this commentary has often been influenced by what the Pet Shop Boys themselves, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, have said about their music and by what others have previously written. Nevertheless, many of the observations I make here are original with me.

By no means am I suggesting that these are the "only" or "correct" interpretations. In fact, it's typical of great art, even great pop art, to lend itself to multiple interpretations. And I do consider the Pet Shop Boys to be the creators of great pop art. So you can take or leave my interpretations as you wish. If you disagree, please don't take offense. Rather, enjoy the fact that we're both fans of music rich enough to invite different interpretations.

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