File Sharing Extravaganza


Is everyone burnt about file sharing yet? If so, too bad, because the issue isn't going away. Websites talk about it, magazines talk about it, even my grandma is talking about it. Here are three recent articles [reg req] from a newpaper called the New York Times:
Crackdown May Send Music Traders Into Software Underground

File-Sharing Battle Leaves Musicians Caught in Middle

Whatever Will Be Will Be Free on the Internet

[via Gary Deane]
And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this
prank call to the RIAA
[via MeFi]


There's also an article in the latest issue of Wired magazine regarding the RIAA and their file sharing woes. (October 2003. Page 58)

The article, at least in my opinion, sites the real reasons why the RIAA is suffering. To wit, the fact that the cost of a CD has risen 16% since 1997 and that new releases have dropped 14% since 1999.

If nothing else, I think a lot of the music out today is crap anyway. Not because it's teeny bopper stuff. Heck I happen to like teeny bopper stuff like Britney Spears and her ilk. But a lot of the stuff recently released as "great artistic" are nothing but garage band knockoff crap. I don't buy a lot of CDs for two reasons: 1) Because they're expensive and 2) because I find 95% of the stuff out there to be uninteresting no matter what field of music. Country is going through a period of lackluster performers, pop music is being rehashed all over again, rap music hasn't been good since the 80s and early 90s, and don't even get me started on rock.

I think that a lot of people feel just as I do. They're not buying CDs because they don't like spending their money on crap, and expensive crap at that.

I think Britney Spears is the spawn of Satan, but otherwise I fully agree. It's outrageous to expect consumers to plunk down $18.98 a pop for what's being released on major labels today. The initiative by Universal and some other labels to lower CD prices makes me laugh. Dreck is still dreck at any price!

The majority of my music purchases are for used LPs from the '60s and '70s. People say I'm living in the past, but eh, at least my tunes rock.

thanks, i'm an idiot. ;)

Heh heh. I agree with you big time. Anyone who's gonna knock music from the 60s and 70s and LPs is gonna have to go through me to do it.

Besides, and this may be just a product of me being of the "older generation" (I'm 27), I don't think that half of the music out now is as artistic or as worthwhile as what I listened to growing up.

That, of course, is not counting the rappers who sample the songs I listened to while growing up. It makes me giggle that they are so creatively bereft that they have to kype songs from two decades ago so they can put their own rhymes to it.

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