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Tuesday, September 23, 2003

More on the Downloading of “Free” Music

I got an e-mail today from someone asking me if downloading "free" music wasn't just stealing? Here's my reply:

Well, yeah, some people take that view. Others, however, don't.

I know in Mike's case downloading "free" music has led to him purchasing CDs. In the pursuit of one of his theme CDs he came across a punk band called Me First and the Gimme Gimmes that does nothing but covers. Perfect for the king of cover CDs. He liked what they did well enough that we've purchased one of their CDs and will probably end up buying more. "Free" music downloading led to a sale.

And that's not the first time that's happened in his case. He has often used Kazaa to try out the songs of someone he's heard or read about. He's not downloading an entire album by any means and if he ends up liking what he hears-*ka-ching*, another sale. If he doesn't like what he hears, it's thrown into the ol' recycle bin.

I do know of someone who says it better than I ever could with regard to the downloading of "free" music. Janis Ian is a proponent of the downloading of music and she's in the music industry. Here's a really interesting article that she wrote: www.janisian.com/article-internet_debacle.html. There's also a follow-up to that article here: www.janisian.com/article-fallout.html.

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