One Man’s Opinion On The Illegal Downloading Of Music
So I saw this stupid MySpace video this morning. It’s about “putting an end to online piracy.”
Now, I don’t know how you all feel about downloading music, and I’m not saying that I do it, but it seems to me that if a band makes music worth actually paying for, then people will buy it.
I’m so sick of hearing about the RIAA going after children and their parents for thousands, if not millions, of dollars because they downloaded a few CDs.
Seriously, buying music should be a choice. Not an obligation. Think of it this way. You don’t throw down $20,000 on a brand new vehicle just so you can take it for a test drive. No, you go to the dealership and you ask the guy to drive it… and you do, for $0 down and $0 per month.
If you don’t like the car, you leave it at the dealership, and the dealership loses out on a sale because they were selling a shitty car. They don’t make you pay full retail price because you used it.
The same should apply to music. Making music freely available on the internet should be a good thing… if you’re a band that actually makes good music.
If you’re a band that sucks, you don’t deserve to make people pay for your music. In fact, making people pay for bad music is like making someone pay for bread that’s beyond the expiration date.
This is what your bread tastes like when it’s beyond its prime. Here, try it for free (at 128kb/sec). If you think the entire loaf tastes good this way, purchase it in its prime (320kb/sec – CD quality). If you don’t like it, hey, at least we got rid of this shitty loaf.
I suppose it’s like Darwin’s Natural Selection. Bad music should not proliferate because people are obligated to pay for it. We need to start separating the wheat from the chaff.
So, yeah, this may seem a little off the wall, but after a long night at work, I don’t really have much patience for this kind of crap. If no one’s buying your music, then you probably suck. Try a career change. You have to actually be talented to make money as a musician. People will pay for what they think is worth buying. It shouldn’t be about who has the most expensive lawyer.
Read a book.