Lately I’ve been pondering the topic of illegal downloading…I gotta admit, it’s a tricky subject. As a musician I feel like its imperative that I denounce the process, as I rely on CD income for…well, income. If everybody were to illegally download my work, I’d be broke. Also, there’s a certain pride that comes with recording something…a pride in compositions that are to be enjoyed (by consumers), but also compensated. Personally, this feeling makes me buy my music from amazonmp3, where they sell albums for about 8.99 and have deals of the day that are normally 2 bucks for an album, which really isn’t too much to ask.
On the other hand, some say that illegal downloads should be allowed because artists can thrive solely off of touring income. I feel like that suggestion sort of misses the point. It’s like me asking you to not get paid for the work you do on Mondays and Fridays b/c you get paid on other days.
I’m not writing this to pass judgment. I used to download music like crazy as well…Kazaa and I were good friends, but about three years ago I realized I couldn’t do it anymore w/o a tremendous sense of guilt. I was, after all, stealing…but that’s just me. I understand the impetus behind doing it. And honestly, as a struggling college student who loves music, I can understand why other people would do whatever necessary to have it in their possession.
Pause for one of the coolest photos I’ve ever seen…Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder in the studio together.
While we’re on the subject of Michael Jackson, this dude is dominating the charts while in the grave. That’s crazy to me