September 20, 2004

File Sharing

Today in class we talked about the sharing of files and if it was "ok" or not.
I to tell you the truth feel it is because it is a way for people like myself to push the music industry to work harder and maker more great songs.

If I hear some great band that has a whole CD full of awsome songs I am going to go pay for it.

On the other hand I am not going to spend $18 for a CD with one good song. I can make a difference with the way I spend my money. The music industry instead of working harder has just sat down and felt bad for themselves. I am sorry but I do not plan on feeling bad for them. Let me know what you think about it.

Posted by VictoriaMara at September 20, 2004 7:51 PM

I hear ya: the internet and the changing technology should force the music industry to work harder. Instead, the record executives complain and sue 12 year old kids. File-sharing is not going to go away! Eventually they will figure that out and work with it, instead of against it. And good point! Why should you have to pay $18 for a CD with only one good song?

Posted by: moira at September 21, 2004 11:05 AM

I don't really make use of any file-sharing, but even so I think I can fairly say that I agree with the point that it won't go away. I know quite a few people who make use of that Kazaa, or whatever it is called, to download everything, including music and movies that haven't been released in the US yet.

However, I can also understand the argument that it is unethical, because I see it this way: I am a Creative Writing major, and I certainly wouldn't want to write a novel later on and have people getting free copies of it left and right simply because they want to skim-read it, because they only like certain parts of it. That would be like me walking into Waldenbooks and picking up a book off the shelf, then tearing out twenty or thirty pages because I only want to read those particular pages.

Posted by: ChrisU at September 26, 2004 2:02 AM

About music sharing sites, here's a few of my opinions on that subject...

First of all... you are correct, most of the songs are crappy off the cd and usually only a few are good. So, its only natural to not buy the cd and burn the good songs.

About 95% of the time, I end up purchasing the cd anyways.... I usually preview the songs on and go from there to purchase my cd.

These artists are worth millions and they are all greedy and want more money... that is why they are complaining a lot about us "stealing" their songs.

Lastly, I remember learning that a band was found on Napster or Kazaa and became famous.. see it pays off in the end to have music sharing sites!!

Posted by: Firefighter Chica (Stefanie Robb) at September 26, 2004 9:08 PM

I completly agree. It is absurd to expect teenagers, of all groups of people, to dish out $15 or more dollars for a CD with only one song. The music industry is being ridiculous in thinking that we can. You make such a good point, the music industry is completly out of line.

Posted by: Melissa at October 14, 2004 9:58 PM

Of course no artist wants thier property stolen, but in any business, making a good product means more sales and happy retrn customers. Now, a band won't even see most of the money made from album sales to begin with. Bands like Metallica used the fact that thier recent forays back into the music biz sucked to blame it on Napster and such. A band full of washed-up wannabes who lost thier edge suddently blaming file-sharing for bad sales? Meanwhile, lesser bands gain popularity to the point that they get somewhere, as in class I mentioned Shadow's Fall. I knew of them online for a long time, and now they get advertised in Mediaplay's catalog. I haven't seen a video of thiers on TV at all (maybe I'm not watching enough), but yet they still gained popularity.

So far I've found lots of bands I've supported from Japan, Finland, and Sweden all from downloading a few songs and liking what I heard. If a band is good, people will support them. The music industry is cashing in on our stupidity, and to mention Mediaplay once again some new CDs they're selling for $10, which is a much nicer price. Consumers vote with thier wallet, remember that. Just because you can download something for free doesn't mean it can replace the feeling of unwrapping a real CD.

Posted by: Tim Traini at October 15, 2004 3:13 AM

I can see both sides of the story, I pay for my downloads but I know that it's hard being a college student as it is, so I can see how some people don't see the harm in downloading songs for free. But I still enjoy going to buy a new cd every once in awhile.

Posted by: Rachel at October 15, 2004 10:18 AM
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