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The future looks bleak for all those who would rather download their music for free on the Internet illegally than pay iTunes $1.29 per song.

After Thanksgiving, a bill that will give the Justice Department the power to take down illegally offered copyrighted content for sale, download, or streaming, will go to the Senate for a full vote.

This new bill, the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act, allows federal officials to get to work on shutting down any and all websites they deem illegally distributing music and other copyrighted materials.

As you can imagine, La La Land is thrilled to be getting their money back from all the consumers who've been cheating them all this time. SAG and the DGA even issued a joint-statement in support of the bill, saying:

“We believe today’s committee action is the first step in making it much more difficult for rogue site operators to run their sites with impunity.”

Uh-huh. Ever heard of the old saying, "where there's a will, there's a way?" We think the government underestimates the average American's overpowering inclination to not pay for stuff.

But still, this could affect a lot of your favorite websites, which is a bummer.

What are your thoughts about this new bill?

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128 comments to “Beware! Illegally Downloading Music Is On Its Way Out!”

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  1. 1

    FUCK the RIAA! Next thing you know you wont even able about to look up songs online with out paying for them.

    I "test" CD's out before I buy them and this is a bunch of bull shit.



  2. 2

    Im glad about this. People say 'they love eminem' or 'Pink is my favourite singer', then they go and download the music for free? They love the music but arent willing to pay for it. There was a time where people would save up for a week just so they could get a vinyl with their favourite artist on it. Sure everyone loves free stuff, but music isnt really free unless the artist is giving it away. If you truly care for an artist then support them and buy the music.



  3. 3

    I HATE when people steal music. If you love an artist you support them by paying them- otherwise your not going to get new great music.



  4. 4

    The bill won't do shit, they cannot control overseas. And yes, make bills protecting the greedy Record companies, just the people who need dire help.



  5. 5

    You can't stop piracy, just drive it further underground.



  6. 6

    I can totally see their side—artists should be paid for their music. But sharing music has always been done. (cassette tapes back in the day?!) It's just never been done on such a huge scale.



  7. 7

    Hooray! We need to respect and fairly compensate our writers, artists, and anyone who creates something. Don't want to pay for it? Don't buy it! Interesting the irate people: they want to own something, but they don't want to pay for it. So they call the company that sells and distributes it 'greedy.' When I was 9, in the 1970s, singles cost 99 cents, albums $9.99. What do they cost now? Who's the greedy crew here?



  8. 8

    Um, ok well maybe they should also make a bill that stats it is highway robbery to charge 20.00 for a friggin CD! Get real. they overprice thier music and then expect people to be able to afford it. I'm all for not stealing but when are they going to protect the consumers instead of the multi-million dollar companies????



  9. 9

    Fuck off. I'm now paying for music. Not now, not ever.



  10. 10

    Oh.because of music downloading poor Britney Spears won't get a NEW G-5 this year….and poor old Elton John won't buy his yearly Rolls Royce this year what a shame



  11. 11

    You have a generation of music listeners who, for some, never have so much bought or owned a CD in their life. How in the world are you going to train them to appreciate paying for music? Record companies need to make CDs or music from legal downloading sites more affordable. The CD format is a 25+ year and dying invention..they still shouldn't be $18-20.



  12. 12

    Re: gimlet123

    but cassette tapes were not on the level of the internet…

    No way they'll be able to control it now… it's too large. There are waaaay too many blogs and places offering free music now. And the people downloading wont be pentalized… it will be the people uploading the music in the first place.. it's ashame for the artists but have to depend on that performance and touring money now..



  13. 13

    That only affects the US.



  14. 14

    WTF? Are you kidding me? Why should economically disadvantaged people (thanks to the economy achieved by the DAMN GOVERNMENT) be without music because they can't afford it? And these singers and bands still make shit tons of money without downloads. Going on tour is what really gives them the big bucks, which is well over enough for them to make a living. The government has NO fucking business telling people how to live their lives. If you use LimeWire in the privacy of your own home, that's FINE, so the feds can't do jack shit. The problem comes when you download in an institution like a school or a library, because THERE, it's illegal. Music is a gift for EVERYONE, not just for the rich fucks who have the cash to throw away. In the Constitution, "pursuit of happiness" includes pursuing to get songs on your ipod (granted music makes you happy), since you're NOT violating one's right to live, like a child molester.



  15. 15

    I'm all for purchasing music, and still do despite the fact that people think it's crazy to do so. I'm just a little more selective in my purchases than I used to be, and the internet has helped in that by offering listeners a chance to hear music before buying. However, you can't steal music and then bitch because the Taylor Swifts, Susan Boyles, Lady Gagas, and Justin Biebers are dominating the charts because they're selling.



  16. 16

    I don't know. It would be one thing if an Ipod would last or a computer wouldn't die in a short time, but your could have a thousand or 10K worth or music, and have to purchase the whole thing all over again. Why should we make these companies rich, and have idiots drive Bentleys. I mean even people like Lindsay Lohan had a couple albums and was driving around high on blow in a Mercedes. I don't really want to contribute to people like her retirement funds so I will stop listening. No more Ipods for me, and Itunes.



  17. 17

    Note to the government: GET YOUR PRIORITIES IN ORDER! There's a war in Iraq and Afghanistan, foreign oil dependency, health care, social security, tax cuts for the rich but not for the rest of us who NEED them, gun control, crime, and LGBT rights. Don't you think THOSE issues hold a much greater weight than fucking "illegally" downloading music?



  18. 18

    In this economy, alot of people cannot afford even a CD. Three things are going to happen. Kids will get together like back in the day and buy one CD, copy it and pass it around. Bootlegers will make even more money selling illegal files & CDs, and many artist will be offering thier music FREE on their websites just to get it out there because no one will pay.



  19. 19

    This wouldn't have been a problem if the record industry would realize that we don't live in the dark ages anymore. People hear a good song, they want it NOW, not in 6 months when the planned single release is dropped. Give the public the music when they want it, and don't charge ridiculous amounts of money for it -maybe THEN people would start paying for what they listen to.
    Downloading isn't the problem, the way we get our music, the whole concept should be redesigned to fit the consumer. This is a classic case of what happens when you are too greedy and too controlling, the consumers will bite back.
    But to be clear, in no way shape or form is it ok to steal, I don't go to work for free every day, neither should anyone in the music/movie/tv/art business. But the industry should listen to the consumers more.



  20. 20

    I had a conversation with a close friend a few days ago, a friend that is very pro music and supports the artist. She wants to support them, and will pay. As Do I. i want to give them the money.
    NOW. here's the problem. 1.29 (actually 1.36 with taxes) for a song is way to much. 50 cents is plenty. Also, if you charge REALLY low prices, people will want to buy more.
    Then, I try to not illegally download…but if there's a song that hasn't been released, it should be fair game. How about a law that states if a song is on the internet or leaked or something and within a certain time isn't released on itunes, wham…..free game!
    but…at the end of the day….it's probably not the artists. it's probably the record company. and what do the record exec's do exactly?



  21. 21

    I Tubesock songs onto my Mac and then convert them into MP3's, although it's getting harder to do now.



  22. 22

    What about CANADA ?



  23. 23

    Re: Midnight Empress – It's ILLEGAL to STEAL music. Let me guess you are also lobbying for ILLEGAL mexicans taking over our systems and economy- or are you one of them?! Yoy are just a self entitled little whiny bitch and you are what's wrong with America. Go get a job and contribute to society instead of just taking from it.



  24. 24

    I agree with everyone who is bitching about this. Honestly, trying to stop illegal downloading of music is a PRIORITY right now? That's fucking ridiculous. There are a million other things that they should be focusing on right now. Maybe people wouldn't be getting free music if the unemployments rates weren't so high and they had a job to purchase music. Either way I don't think it'll do shit. If you're a real artist then it's about people listening to your music, NOT about the money you can get from it. Who gives a shit about the record companies. Oh you won't get that new Mercedes this year…SUCK IT.



  25. 25

    still ain't paying



  26. 26

    downloading wouldn't be such a big deal if they would just lower their prices for CDs and itunes music. right now the average CD is about 20 bucks, and then itunes raised its .99 to 1.29 per song. that is a tad redonkulous. if they just lowered the prices more people would buy then download, cause all they have right now is some buy and like a billion people download. and what heck is it freaking the year 2000 againg? like get over it, it has been almost over a decade since they took down the original Napster, seriously move on to something more important like poverty or ending the war. kids can't afford what is out there and if u can't affectively supply for your main consumer, then they are going to get your product else where.



  27. 27

    This is bullshit. I doubt they will bother to do this as it won't work. Some stuff online is so hard to get in real, that to shut down websites that feature "copyrighted"content would counteract business. Government want to fuck everyones enjoyment up.



  28. 28

    Let's ask a question to those who think it is OK to steal music: if you were in a band would you give away your music for free? Charge nothing at the door for your shows? Everything has a price and if you don't like that price then don't buy it. It's funny how the people who put out the music are the "greedy" ones, yet those who steal it are just poor people who love music. Britney and her ilk are horrible for wanting to be paid for their work. You cheap ass people make me sick. If you want to listen to music pay for it.



  29. 29

    That why you download music from site like thepiratebay.org Sites that are located in other countries, sorry but US law does not apply in other countires.



  30. 30

    This could shut down your site too Perez. Better be careful about the links you post, that's all it takes. Point to something they think has copyright protection and BOOM, shut down. Your liberal, ever-reaching government at work. Aren't you glad you voted Obama?

  31. Kitti says – reply to this


    31

    What some people don't understand, is that when you're illegally downloading music, you're stealing from the record companies. NOT the artist. The artist only gets a small percentage of money from record sales. Their paychecks come from merch and ticket sales. The producers and engineers are getting the big bucks from music sales.



  32. 32

    Re: mscalto – They can't shut down overseas sites but they sure can block us from getting to them. That is, unless you know how to go around them.



  33. 33

    YES!!! There are thousands and thousands of independent musicians being denied a livelihood because of the theft of their music, not to mention how much money major label artists have lost. It's a shame and a crime and I am glad that finally there will be some support in getting these sites shut down.



  34. 34

    Re: Armond – You don't test them, you are stealing them. Do you test out a loaf of bread before you buy it?



  35. 35

    Re: Laroccakiddd – You have no idea of what you are talking about. You don't know all the costs that go into making a record. Independent artist barely squeak out a living so that you can steal their music. It makes no sense. I bet you easily spend $20 a week on starbucks.



  36. 36

    yes, people need compensation for their music.. but there's a huge difference in supporting a local artist/musician and paying ridiculous prices for bigger celebrity names… trust me, christina aguilera and lady gaga are doing FINE financially.. they don't need our money from extremely overpriced music when they do more than okay with their compensation from concerts, ticket sales, merchandise.. everything. pirating has been going on for years now, and celebrities are only getting richer. Music should be about enjoying and sharing music with each other, not getting raped in the ass by ridiculous music prices which have no justification being that expensive anyway.



  37. 37

    Re: Midnight Empress – You have absolutely NO idea what you are talking about. They do not make shitons of money on tour unless its a huge artist. The costs associated with touring are HUGE, and most artists are not making money, they are lucky if they break even.



  38. 38

    It all boils down to mutual respect between the record companies and the music listeners. For years, the record companies have been going after the customers with heavy lawsuits and fines for illegally downloading music. What the record companies should have done was jump on the downloading bandwagon at the beginning before Napster and other sites got to it. Just shows how out of touch they are with the people who buy music.
    At the same time, music listeners treat the artists and record companies as greedy. Well, artists aren't there to make music for free. It takes a lot of money to put out music for you. And although record companies provide the public with music, they are still a business–that's what they're there for–to make money.
    Record companies need to reach out to their consumers and find out what works for both parties.



  39. 39

    Re: jeremyandkristy

    he/she's absolutely right, and you can't argue that the "illegal" downloading of music is the thing that this country should be focusing on right now.

    he didn't say anything about illegal immigrants, he never mentioned that he doesn't have a job, nor did he give any inclination that he is a "whiny bitch", but your post in response to him rather than responding to the number of people who agree with him indicates that you yourself seem more like one.

    for all you know, he could work his ass off every day and night. maybe he just doesn't want to contribute all of his hard earned money to ridiculously well off celebrities who don't need another damn dime as they already have millions, when our government could be focusing on more important things such as.. oh, i don't know, finishing have the things we've started and have yet to finish? oil prices? our wars? healthcare? corrupt government officials that remain in office?



  40. 40

    Re: gimlet123 – Copy protection was built into the purchase of every cassette tape. Remember how expensive they were? That's because you paid a levy, pirate tax, on every blank cassette purchased.



  41. 41

    I've been to 12 concerts so far this year. Planning on two more. I possess the cds of half the bands i saw. if" illegal downloading" didn't exist i wouldn't even know these bands and simply wouldn't have spent all that money for them.



  42. 42

    Okay, I'm ALL for buying and downloading music legally, but honestly the prices in stores are SO expensive. I buy CDs I think are worthy of buying, but when there's just like one or two songs I like off the album, I'm not going to waste money buying a $20 CD. Yeah, I can download it off iTunes, but it's $2 per song! It adds up… Especially if you have like 5,000 songs and that IS possible considering how long music has been around. That's $10,000. That money should be used for my freaking college tuition not Miley freaking Cyrus' new BMW.



  43. 43

    I still won't pay for any music. Unless Radiohead comes out with a new CD…which they will probably make free anyway.

    Unfortunately, we have 6 conglomerate corporations who run all of our media, who own the record companies, who in turn control everything you see and hear. They will probably get their way. Next thing you know we won't be allowed to visit certain websites that they won't want us to visit. It's coming, you just wait. America the free.



  44. 44

    It's a JOKE! Over 70% of these sites are overseas in the middle east, Russia, China….So how about that smart ass legislatures, you ain't scaring them.



  45. 45

    There are better things the American Government could be worrying about. Not illegal downloads. Not that I'm for them at all because I'm not. But, with the recession right now, a lot of people can't afford $20.00 + dollars for a c.d. or $1.29 for a download off of itunes.

    The only thing this bill is going to do is allow people to be more creative. Or people will start downloading music off sites that are not in the USA domain. As the US law can't do anything about another countries domain.



  46. 46

    I buy all my music so it doesn't really make a difference to me!



  47. 47

    yeah, now all the government has to do is bring a law that prohibits them from stealing our tax dollars to fund illegal wars, corporations, health insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, industrial farming, etc., etc.



  48. 48

    There is a lot people involved working hard to record and finish a song for others just steal it from the internet. Who wants to work for free. I think is really dishonest so time to stop that non-sense movement !



  49. 49

    screw this.



  50. 50

    What about hard to find stuff that they won't put out in CD form?? Where do we go to get that?? How can you buy something the record company doesn't put out in CD or did once and now will not??



  51. 51

    God, so they'll have 1 private plane instead of 2.



  52. 52

    Really that Bullshiz . Y Df Are We Paying For Artist Music They Make Money Off Tour Like Seriously …. Nd Dhen Again I love Music Bud I Sure Will Never pay 1.29 for a song. lmfao



  53. 53

    Let BUSINESS cover their own asses! What right does the GOVERNMENT have in CENSORING ANY WEBSITE!

    Why am I paying to subsidize the music industry, let them pay for their own detectives, and who's the next corporate interest that the government will protect with full force of forfeiture and arrest?!



  54. 54

    To think that I was soooo looking forward to dowloading Gaga´s latest CD illegally. I guess I´ll have to look for it in Russia or Brazil.



  55. 55

    NO NO NO AND NO!!! People who make these movies, music, tv, ect ect make enough money without needing more!! I can barely afford basic cable to my tv, i can't afford to go to the movies so being able to enjoy some free HARMLESS entertainment in the privacy of my own home is a major plus to me! Why? I dont have the money to pay for such small entertainment, the people who make the stuff make enough money as it is without having to take from the people who have little to spare!!! GREEDY!!! Do we live in a time where you steal from the poor to make the rich richer? oh wait……yeah, we do.



  56. 56

    Re: Midnight Empress – I love you! ^__^



  57. 57

    Perez, you should be very concerned about this. You may not realize that the content you link to and excerpt under "fair use" is considered copy protected under this act. Content providers need only ask the Attorney General to shut you off if they choose. This act, under the guise of protecting artists and film production, has a far reaching impact on the blogosphere. Do some research brother. Your livelihood is at stake.



  58. 58

    it's too late…..i've already experienced free music. no way i'm gonna start paying.



  59. 59

    In time the media industry will see sense and they'll slash the prices of CD's and DVD's, make them all available for direct download and release them globally at the same time but until then they'll lose lots of money while they cling onto the good ol' days of huge profits, waste and excess. Why is it so blasphemous to suggest that in the digital information age their business model might be slightly outdated and their current woes a reflection of their stubbornness to change with the times? The public have spoken and are happy to step outside the law to save $12. It's up the the media industries to price their products at the point where people wouldn't see it as worth the risk, some of those people may not see the risk as worth taking to save themselves $4. At $4 the artist, executives etc still make a good living only they'll have less money to waste on bullet-proof hummers, useless bling and 'persian rugs'. I can't feel sorry for an artist who has half a million dollars worth of diamonds spelling their name while some people work 3 jobs and still can't support themselves.



  60. 60

    What people dont understand is that by stealing these songs you are stealing from the writers and musicians who make their living (which isnt much) from music. It is not the artists or "stars" who suffer. It is all the people working their asses off behind the scenes. Id like to know how people would feel is someone came in to their place of work and just started taking things they wanted for free. I say YAAAY TO THIS BILL!



  61. 61

    Re: CBenji – All music formats have a shelf life unless you take absolute care of your media. Vinyl records, just like CDs, were easily scratched. Tapes would break. Ipods and hard drives die. It's been the story of my music collecting life. I've owned many of The Beatles albums in every format there is except old fashioned reel to reel. It's a fact music lovers deal with. If you love the music, you'll buy it over and over again. Nothing is forever.

  62. timo says – reply to this


    62

    ha! good luck with that. you can convert youtube videos into mp3s.



  63. 63

    I've paid for albums, reel to reel tapes, 8 tracks, cassettes and CD's of the same damn song.



  64. 64

    I have to agree with those saying that this is out of the governments control. There is no way to stop this now, especially since most people will buy the cd and let someone burn a copy. I do buy my music on ITUNES, but just the songs I like and of course if the record is awesome, I will buy the whole thing.
    I believe people are going to still pay the money for the tours and t shirts and other various things to show love and support for their artists, but when it comes down to just that one song they really want to have, they aren't going to pay for it. It has nothing to do with the fact that they don't want to support the artist, it's just that they don't want to pay almost 2 dollars for a single 2 minute song. In all honesty, I find that to be very understandable. Why do we have to do all the supporting? Why is it not that if you want a single song, it be much cheaper or hell even free. They want want want but expect their singing to be adequate payment for us. They would be nothing without their fans, so show us some damn support! The worlds broke right now =) Lower your cd prices and single song prices, and people will think twice about stealing!



  65. 65

    fortunately US laws mean nothing to the rest of the world and most content is hosted on servers outside of the US



  66. 66

    Its like alcohol and the age limit on it. People still manage to get hold of it under the age limit BUT many are stopped.
    This wont stop piracy but it WILL cut it down. You'll see.
    People who download for free and claim they love music, it disgusts me. Most of my friends download for free but they can never justify me asking them, so if you love this artist, why arent you supporting them and buying their cd? You'd rather go against them because its easier.” SELFISH.
    But each to their own.



  67. 67

    This is what I do. I have a lot of CD's from the past. I put them on my computer in my Itunes library then put them in my Ipod. Since I already
    own the Cd's I can still listen to them in my Ipod. Then when something new and different comes out I get the best of WHAT I LIKE! It's worth a few dollars. But, no way am I going to spend 20.00 on a CD unless it is a Classic!
    JMO!



  68. 68

    Hahahah this is so stupid… it's the same thing they said Napster 10 years ago. Can't stop it anymore. Just find another way. If they allow downloads it'll be the same. Just a few more people will do it and that's it. Like Moby once said: "I don't care about where they get my music from. I do it to be listened". And musucians should stop complaining since download is what makes them popular all around the world. Since they are known wherever there's internet and where their records maybe are not sold.



  69. 69

    No they cant do this they are killing alot of people by doing this :(



  70. 70

    Re: jeremyandkristy – I'm not Mexican, asswipe! I'm a college student working on a bachelors degree, plus I work during summers and breaks, so I am indeed contributing, so stop putting words in my mouth. People who prejudge, like YOU, are ruining America.



  71. 71

    Re: MoonstrukkMandy – oh shut up, just because you like someone doesn't mean you should throw your money at them. they make PLENTY playing concerts, obviously no one in the industry has been hurt by illegal downloads as every artist who is relevant is still uber rich… So stfu, pay for all the music you want, but don't you dare try to tell us that we don't care about an artist because we didn't buy their songs.



  72. 72

    I think everyone should go to www.thecollectiveca.com for FREE music from a ton of AMAZING, undiscovered talents. over 19 bands, shows and events in LA LA land galore, and I'll say it again, FREE MUSIC!!!!!!



  73. 73

    Re: Danease – you pay them when you attend a concert… They make plenty. If downloading songs hurts them so much why are they living in lavish mansions, globetrotting, speding hundreds of thousands on cars? stfu dude.



  74. 74

    Re: jeremyandkristy – Seriously, who gets hurt by people downloading music? Music execs are still rich as hell, as are the artists, managers, etc.
    How does that even compare to illegal mexicans taking over? Really? You must be one of those people who compares gay marriage to marrying an animal, YOU are what's wrong with america.
    just because it's illegal, doesn't make it wrong.



  75. 75

    Re: KittyKat65 – So, you pay to listen to the radio? What artists give free shows? THAT'S HOW THEY MAKE ALL THE MONEY THEY HAVE, GENIOUS. if i was in a band, yet i would put my music on the internet for free for anyone to enjoy and i would charge them to see me play.
    duh.



  76. 76

    If there is an artist i like and support i will go buy there album but if i like one or two songs by the artist i will download it. So i think this kind of sucks. But i'm from Canada so i don't think this effects me.



  77. 77

    Re: lifesaabeach – You only throw your money at them if you want what they're selling. To obtain it any other way is stealing. But what would you know about any of this, you've never produced anything worth protecting. I'm sure you'd feel different if you had. So you STFU, criminal.



  78. 78

    any true artist who loves making music doesn't care about money, they just want to be heard.



  79. 79

    Wow, make everyday people who struggle with money give even MORE money to the greedy rich people of the world. Great plan.



  80. 80

    I think everyone needs to stop bitching and moaning about "losing money" by people downloading music instead of paying iTunes for it. Musicians, although they work hard (like millions of other Americans, i.e. doctors who save lives!) they make WAY too much money for what they do. Maybe help their fans a little who can't afford the music.



  81. 81

    Its a good bill. I hate to say this but some music I pay for and some i dont…kind of like my women….lol!!!



  82. 82

    Oh boo hoo, like they aren't already rolling around in their mansions on piles of money. They can NEVER shut down these sites, people just find a different way….



  83. 83

    I think the biggest problem is in the illegal downloading debate is that the gen'l public is uninformed about the music industry. Making music is a collaborative effort - producers, songwriters, studio musicians, mixers, engineers, recording studio owners, managers, lawyers, label and music publishers. People need to get paid, because like you they have a family to support and they also don't know when their next big hit might be if ever. None of these people are trying to rip off the public, but after having so many people involved, you need to be able to at least try to break even.



  84. 84

    Also, everyone cites very financially succesful artists like Elton John and Lady GaGa, but people don't realize that they are the 1 in a million artists who actually enjoy that kind of commercial success. For the rest of the 999,999 artists, they're lucky to make a decent living do it. The truth is if the industry dies, mass music as we know it would likely cease to exist because there would be no money to develop an artist and there would be little to no incentive for all of those people to work in music when they can't afford a living that way.



  85. 85

    As for, the really hard to get stuff and why it isn't made available for sale online, sometimes it has little to do w/ the record companies. Like any business you want your product to be anywhere and everywhere where there are consumers willing to pay for it, i.e. the iTunes store. Because there are so many people involved in making a song, labels need to make sure that everything has been cleared before putting it up. For example, the Beatles music wasn't made available online until this week because the label needed the clearances from the artists and the surving family members.



  86. 86

    I think the industry mishandled the issue by labeling those who illegally download music as "stealing." Really, they are enjoying music in a brand new medium. By failing to educate them about all of the hard work and legalities that go into it, it only perpetuates the notion that whether they buy a song from their favorite artist doesn't matter. The industry has alienated its consumer base. It needs to fix its PR problem b/c despite the gov't help, unless people's attitudes change, they still won't buy music.



  87. 87

    $1.29 a song? Who fucking pays that?? I download my music from a Russian website and pay a NICKEL.



  88. 88

    Re: CBenji

    That's what an external hard drive is for to back up files. That's the lamest excuse I've heard for not paying for music.

    I've only ever paid for music and I'm teaching my children that, when they want a song on itunes they goto the store and use their own money to get an itunes card to buy the song or the app that they want for their own iPod. Just like I saved up my money to buy CDs when I was a kid.



  89. 89

    almost every artist can each feed a whole third world country with whats in there banks…
    So they just want to make the rich… richer?

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    I like the idea of the artist producing their own albums and selling them on their official website, thus gauranteeing the artist the bulk of the monies. The corporations should be peripheral. This would, however, make it tougher for new artists to vault onto the scene, but it's tough for them anyway. Established artists could take them under their website wings for a much smaller mp3 purchasing fee, and mentor them on those official websites until the young artist could afford their own.



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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO….WHY????



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    Re: jeremyandkristy – "illegal mexicans" dont have anything to do w/ piracy. i love how u think that anything illegal has to do w/ mexicans. lets just forget about all the crooks in congress or the american citizens not paying thier taxes u deuchebag.lets also forget the 1.3trillion dollars illegal IMMIGRANTS but into social security.



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    this is bullshyt!



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    Re: MoonstrukkMandy – please. that artist doesnt care as long as their album goes double platinum.
    im all for supporting the artists i really like,
    but not everyone can afford a 1.29 PER song.
    and 16 dollars PER album!
    thats just outrageous
    espically when singers like pink or lady gaga or beyonce or usher are making staggering amounts of money per year. they are doing fine.

    all the record companies and artists want is your money. they dont really care. they will never meet you ever.



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    Re: Midnight Empress – I AGREEEEEEEE!

    They are much bigger problems in the world then downloading music damnit



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    Re: Danease – haha Hunter would disagree but anyways, half the music i love I can't buy anyways :( maybe old record stores if only I lived somewhere that had vintage record stores?
    Do u know where half that money goes or whta it funds?

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    Personally, I hate MP3s and find them to be the worst format of recorded music. But hey, I'm old enough (not that old, mind you) to remember when LPs were taken over by cassettes and cassettes were taken over by CDs. It's a new change we'll need to embrace, and since it's really not that expensive to duplicate MP3s, companies like Itunes need to give the economically challenged customers a break. The record industry is a mere shadow of what it used to be..I do miss browsing through large record stores and having the cover art in my hands.



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    blah blah blah they just want us to listen to dumb music that is force fed down your throat. Love the bands that put their music out there for free to begin with.
    Though those pop stars have no say so in it. If Britney and Beyonce and gaga and etc got all the $ they'd own islands and their own airports lol. They are totally over paid but they dont get AS much as u would think but still its fucked up anyway you look at it. I LOVE BRITNEY id buy her album coz shes a sweet person but id never ever buy lady gaga's music I feel stupid even playing it but a part of me likes it so I download it and play it in headphones with a red face. SO SUE ME?

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    PS. All these people who are saying these artists are rich already..sure, if you're someone like U2 or Madonna who have made a ton of money back when the music industry was healthier. Most of these new artists who are barely selling under a million are living off credit, advancements, and their good name for a while. Most of the money they actually do make comes from endorsements, merchandising, and touring, but it's kind of hard to get the financial backup to do a successful tour if your record company thinks you're not selling records. Not everyone is selling like Taylor Swift or Lady Gaga. We shouldn't treat the artists and the company as the evil villains. Record companies have been primarily interested in making money for decades.

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    P.S.S. Stop blaming the government for misplaced priorities, either. It is in their interest to regulate and/or protect the interests of businesses. It isn't a matter of them saying this cause is more important than this one…they already have a lot on their plate to deal with.

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