Stewsburntmonkey wrote:In most cases because they don't know the music. Given that radio only plays a very limited set of music there is a lot of music that you may be interested in but have no way to legally listen to it for free. It is an expensive gamble to buy a CD you have never heard. A huge part of illegal downloads is people trying new music out.
I disagree, there are many websites that offer free steaming music, http://music.msn.com/
, and there are many more out there, so people have many ways to legally listen to music for free.
However I have no problem with people downloading a few tracks just to try it out.
What I don't like though is people who download entire albums for artists they like, surely if they really liked an artist, they should be supporting them buy buying their album.
I will support the artists I like the way I want to support them, thankyouverymuch. Concerts, buying band merchandise from the bands (I'm sitting here in a tshirt with the logo of my favourite band
, actually, bought from their very own webshop). And, well, okay, buying their CDs, too, once in a while. At least when the band stands to gain from it.
The truth is, by buying a record, you usually don't support the band very much. Sure, if the band is a big one (and by big I don't mean the latest pop fad, I mean bands that have been around for some time, who are proven to sell and be popular, and who has had the chance to renegotiate their contract), or it is on an independent label, then the band will often get a good share, but buying from, say, Universal, won't give them much. They get a lot more if you use all the money you'd use on their CDs on their concerts.
Furthermore, in many cases downloading music will cause people to buy CDs. I am a good example of this. I have just under 2000 songs in my music library, plus a lot more lying around other places (most of it downloaded while it was still "legal" where I live, or ripped from CDs I own - not because it has become illegal, but because I moved and lost my great internet connection). I also have about 100 CDs, almost none of which come from bands I hadn't listened to on my computer before I bought them. I bought them because I wanted the full albums, real and physical, with full CD quality to the sound. Most of the bands I listen to are not mainstream, and don't get much radioplay. In fact, to get the CDs for at least one of the bands, I will probably have to write to the fanclub. I might not even be able to buy the CDs online. But I've bought CDs from such bands, because I like the music. I haven't bought any CDs from bands that I've downloaded from, found to be not that much to my liking, but still worth listening to once in a while.