This is one of the better discussions, in my opinion, of the new trend of downloading music illegally.
I am just as guilty as anyone else. I’m poor and I love music. I hopped aboard the Napster train a decade ago and it was my first exposure to a ton of awesome music that I now adore. I downloaded a lot of music then, and still have some of those mp3s.
But nowadays it’s not just about downloading mp3s. We all know that we can hear any song we want by just going to YouTube and searching for it. We can usually find things we want on Grooveshark and Spotify as well. I realized that OSI’s Fire Make Thunder was the only new album I’ve actually purchased this year.
Now I admit I don’t listen to much new music at all really, but I still listen to quite a bit of Spotify and YouTube songs all the time.
So I need to re-commit myself to responsible media consumption. I like iTunes and can buy a ton of awesome music on there, so from now on, if I want to listen to music, I will let myself sample it on YouTube but I want to purchase it. As much as possible, I will purchase it. Wish me luck on this; in fact, join me.