Do you pay for music?

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    Dec 20, 2008 2:18 PM GMT
    Im curious cause Ive never payed for music, but i have some friends who spend lots of money buying new albums.

    Did you pay for ALL the music you have in your computer?

    If you just paid for one part but not all of it, then what singers were lucky enough to you have you purchasing their albums?

  • Delivis

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    Dec 20, 2008 3:02 PM GMT
    <---has never bought any music
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    Dec 20, 2008 3:04 PM GMT
    I'll buy CDs (rarely nowadays) and records (I have a small but cherished and growing collection), but when it comes to digital downloads I use: Bitlord, Soulseek, music blogs, or message boards. I don't see the point in paying for downloads.

    Most of the time when I pay for music I buy albums from the local music scene or albums that I really enjoy. Basically Bands and albums that, in my opinion, are worthy of my money. The last album I bought was You Fail Me by Converge on a white and clear vinyl. I thinks it's one of 550 or somewhere close to that.
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:08 PM GMT
    I buy the occasional CD, but I mostly listen to streaming music over the Internet. However, I refuse to pay for compressed audio or put up with the annoyances and limitations of DRM.
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:35 PM GMT
    I pay for all of my music, be it either electronic or physical media. I am a huge fan of local CD/DVD stores that sell used media: it is SO CHEAP to by used CDs (and DVDs) for authorized use on computers, home audio-visual equipment & portable audio-visual equipment. For less than the price of a moderate lunch or a couple of beers or a fancy cocktail/coffee or tea beverage you can support your favorite artist and own music as a permanent asset to utilize legitimately. Sometimes, CDs go out of print and increase in value over time.

    I also highly recommend Amazon downloads as quality is terrific, cost is cheap at an average of .99 cents a track or 9.99 an album and are pretty much digital rights management free so you can freely move tracks between devices without being tied to a proprietary, restricted system like iTunes (iTunes does offer higher-priced tracks at great quality that are DRM free as well) .

    My latest financial support of favorite musical artists were less than ten dollars each for new CDs by The Killers and Ladytron.icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    no
  • Bunjamon

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    Dec 20, 2008 5:38 PM GMT
    I buy all of my music, too. www.mp3fiesta.com is REALLY cheap, and they have a lot of stuff, but if I want just one of two tracks I use Amazon's MP3 downloading because it's not copy-protected like iTunes tracks are. I feel bad not paying for music, especially if the artists are up-and-coming.
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:48 PM GMT
    I've not bought a cd for ages, but yeah all my music is bought from itunes, otherwise well its theft, isn't it? Or is it not as black and white to you guys as that.

    One very good reason for buying music from itunes rather than downloading form various sources of dubious legality is you never know what else you might get on your computer, spyware etc.
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    Dec 20, 2008 5:56 PM GMT
    limewire.com

    share music
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    Dec 20, 2008 8:04 PM GMT
    I've always made a point to buy music instead of stealing downloading it from peer shares.

    Many people justify not paying for music with the rationale that rich artists have more than enough money.

    But I used to work in the music biz and I know that the money you pay for a CD doesn't just go to artists, and most artists aren't as rich as you might think. The music industry employs people who are accountants, graphic designers, printers, salespeople, etc.

    "Sharing" music isn't sharing, it's stealing. If you don't think so go into Best Buy and see if they mind sharing some of their CDs off the shelf and let you walk out without paying for them.

    When there are legitimate ways of buying music, unlimited for about $15 a month, there's no excuse for not buying it legitimately.
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    Dec 20, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    Global_Citizen said If you don't think so go into Best Buy and see if they mind sharing some of their CDs off the shelf and let you walk out without paying for them.


    Pfft, I do that all the time. Shows how much you know.
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    I don't listen to too much music. When I'm doing something I prefer not to get bombarded with noise. I live in the country and like the quiet... I don't need a constant background murmur to feel safe in my blankey.
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    Dec 20, 2008 8:25 PM GMT
    In the past I've downloaded with bittorrent, but recently I've felt kind of bad, found this site at the perfect time. Cheap music to buy, no DRM protection so you can do what you want with your music. Gomusic.ru

    It's Russian, I think, but contains all of your American favorites for mad cheap...enjoy.
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    Dec 20, 2008 9:21 PM GMT
    frostbuster saidIn the past I've downloaded with bittorrent, but recently I've felt kind of bad, found this site at the perfect time. Cheap music to buy, no DRM protection so you can do what you want with your music. Gomusic.ru

    It's Russian, I think, but contains all of your American favorites for mad cheap...enjoy.

    A Russian site selling American hit music? What do you think are the odds of American artists and songwriters actually seeing the money from that? And maybe we'll find Jimmy Hoffa alive and well one day.
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    Dec 21, 2008 12:00 AM GMT
    Never.
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    Dec 21, 2008 12:03 AM GMT
    ALWAYS.

    When someone tries to steal MY work, it pisses me off. I remember how that feels when I'm tempted to acquire someone else's intellectual property.
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    Dec 21, 2008 2:40 AM GMT
    I would hope that you all pay for the music you listen to, lest it be on your radio. Just because it's really freaking easy to download from the internet doesn't make it right. I'm not saying I'm perfect, because I do have some downloaded stuff that I didn't pay for, but now I avoid mindlessly downloading music unless it's MIDI in which case I download tons of it because I like to arrange music.

    Seriously though, you all should think twice about illegally downloading music, because the more it's done, the sooner the industry will dry up. I know famous musicians probably aren't in much danger of this, but for the people who pour their entire lives into the music they create and earn mere pittances for it will soon disappear and with them quality and variety in music that exists today. I'm so glad I got out of music performance for my own sake but I sincerely appreciate those who stick to it; bringing myself and countless others such enjoyment.

    I plan on paying for the music I own from now until I die. I think this is a sentiment only fellow musicians will share however. icon_sad.gif
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    Dec 21, 2008 2:43 AM GMT
    I'm a monthly subscriber to Napster as well as I will STILL occasionally purchase a CD, just 'cause I like the tangible thing as well if I REALLY like the artist I will support them and their work!!!
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    Dec 21, 2008 4:07 AM GMT
    I pay unless the artist offers their music to me as a gift. As an artist and a writer myself, I believe it's good karma. "Do unto others..."

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    Dec 21, 2008 4:33 AM GMT
    I used to never buy music. I abused Limewire. But, I felt bad that I wasnt buying the music. I only use itunes now but some music out there is so hard to find on Itunes. And the requests thing never works for me, those are the songs I 'might' go and not pay for, the really hard to find stuff.
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    Dec 21, 2008 6:39 PM GMT
    Sometimes I might go to the library and burn a CD onto my computer. Probably because it's some recording that was done in the 50s that I can't find.
    Those that don't pay for Art know nothing on the subject
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    Dec 21, 2008 6:41 PM GMT
    Probably about 90% of the time I use iTunes. It's cheap relative to buying the actual CD.. 9.99 for any album. Sometimes if a friend has a CD that I enjoy I just burn the music from that.
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    Jan 05, 2009 10:31 PM GMT
    i buy all my music on iTunes

    it's cheap and i have the disposable income, how i see it is that if you cant afford it, you don't deserve it.
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    Jan 05, 2009 10:34 PM GMT
    Delivis said<---has never bought any music
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    Jan 05, 2009 10:38 PM GMT
    I made it a rule. Any song I want and download that is newer than about 5 years I pay for the download. If over I typically don't. not paying for ANY music is stealing money from the artist.
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    Jan 05, 2009 10:39 PM GMT
    I buy all of my music, unless it is something that can't be purchased on a physical disc or digitally.

    Itunes also sells DRM free music now at the same price of the other songs with DRM. Just look for the plus sign next to the price. Not all songs have this option.