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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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masoo From: masoo Date: May 26th, 2004 07:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
C'mon, Charlie, you know there is no heaven!

I have been awaiting your file-sharing post ... how did you know?

Let me tell you about my latest find, and you tell me if I'm going to ... well, you know, that place that doesn't exist. It's AllofMP3.com. It's a Russian site, where the operators have gotten the Russian Internet rights to a lot of songs ("lot" as in "they have the Beatles and Metallica"). They charge you by the megabyte ... you choose a song/album, select a format (MP3, flac, whatever), choose a quality level (128kbps MP3 for your iPod, 320 for your stereo, whatever), and download the song/album. The cost for a reasonable sample rate is pennies per tune ... you can get an entire album for around the price of one song on iTunes.

I gave them $10 to open an account, I've downloaded 88 songs since then, and I still have $4.67 in my account.

Is this heaven?

Meanwhile, when I hear about an album I'd like to buy, and it's an "indie" artist, I go to the artist's website and order directly from them, figuring more money will go where it belongs. (Best one came when I bought a wrens album that way ... since they're a Jersey band, I figured it would be awhile until the CD arrived ... then the guy who runs their label came to my house and hand-delivered the damn thing!)

And I also subscribe to various streaming audio sites, where I assume at least a little money is getting to the artists. On the other hand, one musician I know who is on Rhapsody told me he'd prefer I bought his album ... said the cover art was good :-). So I did.

Last albums I bought new: Sons and Daughters, Love the Cup, Jon Langford, All the Fame of Lofty Deeds, TV on the Radio, Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes. I don't buy used CDs any more ... don't even go to Amoeba ... that's really where online music cuts into sales, I never used to buy anything new, now I either buy new direct from artist or get the music via online sources, at this point mostly legal venues but I've stolen my share of music in the past. Oh, and I buy catalog material from Columbia House when they have one of those "buy 1, get 3 free" deals.

kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: May 27th, 2004 07:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)

You Rock Steven

I so totally support your responsible music consumerism. :-)

I was at a Neil Halstead concert at Solar Culture one night with an exorbitantly privleged friend. I bought a CD from the band, and my ex-friend said to me, right in front of the band, "You buy that one, and I'll buy this one, and we can burn CDs for each other."

I,of course, loudly objected stating that
A. I want to support the band and
B. I like getting my own CD with the original jacket cover etc. It's part of the aesthetic.

People are so damn clueless. They like the indie music but don't want to support the artists who make it. Poo poo on them.
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