Originally Posted by jotham
Thanks, I appreciate the considered response.
It's possible that some folks listened to Radiohead and decided it wasn't their cup of tea. Many, many times, I pay $15 for a CD and find out it has one good song on it if I'm lucky.
I went to Bittorrent to download some music that I thought I might like. I liked about 25-50% of it and went and purchased the CDs. The rest, I haven't listened to but I figured I would give some of it another try and see if it might be more to my taste the second time around.
Perhaps I'm an anomaly in that I'm willing to purchase music I already have but I don't necessarily think so. I do feel that paying $12-15 a CD is still a ripoff but I don't have much of a choice morally.
I'm trying to explain one person's purchasing psychology (myself) and you're attacking my morality. Please feel free to contact the RIAA and reference this post so you can complete my impression of your worth.
I purchase approx 90 CDs per year so I believe I've paid my dues to this debate.
I understand the philosophy, but the Radiohead project kind of proved that while a good idea in concept it ended up showing what cheap skates people are.
I believe that anything over $9 for a CD is unjust.
However if you steal something you're still stealing. You can try and justify it all you want, but the only reason you do it is that it is easy. Don't fool yourself into thinking because it's so easy to not get caught that you're doing anything but stealing.
Would you steal the CD off the rack at Best Buy?
Your actions are more like the kids who used to record songs of the radio onto tapes. Sure they'd buy a tape (then CD) later, but recording them off a broadcast is fine. It's a fine line, but it is a line you've crossed.
I'm all for songs being downloaded that only last say 30 days while people figure out if it's worth owning. I think some places have already started that.