posted on Jan, 5 2005 @ 07:05 AM
As a veteran file sharer. who has downloaded libraries of music in the past during napster's heydays, i can honestly say, the record companies are
paranoid, clueless, greedy criminals.
Sure, I have downloaded entire albums. But the albums I have downloaded were ones I had already bought. I wanted music files of my CD collection on my
computer, but I had nothing to copy them to disk with, so I downloaded the music i already had. Thus, i was stealing nothing. I had already paid them
their overinflated prices for their CDs and videos, I was simply copying something I already owned. If I did not own it in one medium or another, it
was because I thought it sucked. I would not download something that sucked, thus, id not be stealing music.
The only time id download something that I did not previously own:
1. Some told me it was good, i should get the CD, so, before i forked over the ridiculous amount of money the record companies want for a CD, I
download a couple songs to see if the CD is worth my time. If I like the Music, i will buy it, plain and simple. I have a large CD collection, and
while mp3s on my comp are good, I need to buy the CD, as CDs contain things you cant get on your comp. Like the album art, ect. CDs, especially
certain CDs, are collectable, and a big CD collection always looks cool. So downloading music will lead me to purchasing new music.
2. The paticular file is a rare one, something that cant be bought in record stores or even from the company itself. Like, a rare demo, a missing
track, a home video, ect. Since the record company is not selling it, in fact, no one is selling it, no one is losing any money.
The record companies are plain greedy, pure and simple. They blame file sharing for their loss in profits, but in reality, the reason record sales
have dropped, is because they are producing pure, unimaginitive crap.
Listen to the radio sometime. About all I ever hear is some pop star clone doing cover tunes. I havent reALLY heard anything new or refreshing, or
even original. Just a bunch of no talent rappers, rockers, ect, who cant even come up with their own tunes. There simply hasnt been an artist produced
by the industry that has inspired people to shell out their hard earned cash in droves. Most of us sit back at home, listening to older tunes from
bands and artists who could actually create their own music.
The record industry should be getting the hit. people can only handle so much of plastic, mass produced commercialized boy bands and girly sluts
before we become totally turned off by the whole industry. They should start REALLY digging about for something new and crazy, even if it doesnt
appear "sellable". Look at Grunge. On the surface, they looked like the opposite of what the industry was used to selling, even wanted to clean up
Cobains image. But they didnt, cuz Curt said no, they simply played.....and voile. A new wave of music began.
The record industry shold start taking their cues from the public and find out what WE like, not what their own image and data and marketing goons
want to put together.