"I use Spotify and Pandora and have access to just about anything I could think of, but when I want to really support an artist or if I appreciate a person for what he/she has given to his/her fans and to the world, I will still buy the album."
Yes! Exactly. :) I said something in those lines to Kim in a comment below.
It seems like Big Content, as well as some other people, know too little about the meaning of words when calling people thieves.
Oh, Kim, I am sorry you missed the Sigur Rós' listening party, too. :( After I had been waiting for it for several days, and having it in mind all the time, I sadly missed it. I sent you some songs from the new album for your delight, though. They are already out there available on the Interent. But this was my point earlier, even though I can listen to them for free all what I want, l believe Sigur Rós is one of those bands who deserves having their music bought.
Quite right, Mary. When I read about music labels simply trying to protect the rights of their artists, it makes me gag after all those years of forcing young musicians into horrible contracts - effectively making them take out an onerous loan to cover recording and promotion costs. An "advance" it was called. Insist on your legal rights, sure, but put away the violins.
For years, no love has been lost between artists and record companies. So the Internet gives artists a chance to go out on their own and I applaud that.
The only exceptions are artists who are so entrenched in the recording establishment that they've created symbiotic dependencies with their labels. In other words, the labels depend on them and vice versa. Newer acts don't have that problem.
Susan, great example. I use Spotify and Pandora and have access to just about anything I could think of, but when I want to really support an artist or if I appreciate a person for what he/she has given to his/her fans and to the world, I will still buy the album. Unfortunately, the Big Content industry has labeled everyone with an Internet connection a thief and closes its eyes to the ways it could take advantage of the Web as a force for good.
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