In the electronic music space, he said fans no longer want to simply own music. Instead, they want to have access to music whenever they want, which is where the potential of music streaming services lie.
"In the past, when I sold a CD, somebody could play it once or a hundred times," Van Buuren said. "But right now, with Spotify, I get paid per stream. Right now it's not that much yet, but streaming services have only just begun."
Van Buuren has over 1.4 million followers on Spotify.
The Swedish-based music streaming service, which has over 75 million active users and over 20 million paid subscribers, was in the spotlight last summer after singer Taylor Swift pulled her entire catalog from the platform. Adele, whose new album, "25," has already sold over 5 million copies, has decided to not offer the album on the site - even though her back catalog is available.
Swift's main criticism was that the company wasn't paying enough to artists for their work to appear on the platform. Artists who put their work on Spotify are required to make their music available to all of its users - both premium subscribers and free users.
In November last year, Daniel Ek, CEO and founder at Spotify, wrote a blog in response to Swift's criticisms. He claimed the company has paid "more than $2 billion to labels, publishers and collecting societies for distribution to songwriters and recording artists."