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To those who buy music: Why?

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Honestly. Why do you buy music when you can download all the music you could ever listen to in your life, for free. I've never understood this. You say it's morally wrong. Well, if I have to be morally wrong and have money for food and other essentials then that's fine. You say it doesn't support the artists. You mean the artists that already have millions??? It's one thing to support an indie artist getting up on their feet, but if you want to listen to say, Lada Gaga. Why buy it? She has plenty of money, and most citizens do not. 

What are your thoughts on downloading music for free. Do you think it's wrong? If so, do you do it anyway?

My main thought: I download all my music for free with some exceptions. If I really respect a certain artist I will hand them my money. Some recent examples are the Journey and Unfinished Swan Soundtracks that I purchased through Itunes. Amazing stuff.



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I have lost too much music on my hardrives and externals. When I want music it is bought or burnt.



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Because I don't listen to stupid shit like Lady Gaga, and the artists I do listen to deserve the money.



why do you buy games? You can download most games for free...



badgenome said:
Because I don't listen to stupid shit like Lady Gaga, and the artists I do listen to deserve the money.

I don't listen to mainstream music at all I was using her as an example. She's already rich so why buy the album when you can just download it.



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I don't listen to mainstream music, they need my money.



Same reason I buy other forms of entertainment

1) I think that the music (in this case) is worth the x amount of money I spent on it
2) It supports the artists (somewhat). Even if they already have millions and I enjoy their stuff, do they not deserve my money just because they already have a lot
3) Easier (for music). There are plenty of DRM free services that are easier than pirating. Hell, Amazon Cloud Player allows me to play my music from "anywhere" where I can get access to it as well as have it on all of my hard drives, etc. etc. *THAT* service is worth paying for music in and of itself alone for me.



ishiki said:
why do you buy games? You can download most games for free...


That's different. In the music industry, the artist is the primary winner as far as sales go. If Album A sells 1 million copies, then Artist A receieves a large portion of that. 

In the gaming industry, there no smoke and mirrors. Hard work, effort and talent are required to make a great game. Say Game A sells 1 million copies from a company of 50 developers. That's split between the publishers and developers, as well as many other people. 



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ps3-sales! said:
ishiki said:
why do you buy games? You can download most games for free...


That's different. In the music industry, the artist is the primary winner as far as sales go. If Album A sells 1 million copies, then Artist A receieves a large portion of that. 

In the gaming industry, there no smoke and mirrors. Hard work, effort and talent are required to make a great game. Say Game A sells 1 million copies from a company of 50 developers. That's split between the publishers and developers, as well as many other people. 


not true, artists get at best 1$ of every record sale while the rest goes to the record company and their employees and execs, if you have a band that 1$ gets divided up even more.

Edit: Additionally what d21lewis said.



ps3-sales! said:

I don't listen to mainstream music at all I was using her as an example. She's already rich so why buy the album when you can just download it.

Moreover, why even download it when it's shit?