YamahaPlayer wrote:Seems pretty elitist to flat out say "If you can't buy it, you don't get to listen to it." Music is more then a product.
If we were all discussing this in the same physical room, I would hurt you. I would physically attack you. You would be bleeding and in a lot of pain. That is how mad your post has made me. Your complete ignorance and lack of any sense of right and wrong would be laughable if it weren't so utterly pathetic. If the future of music gets any worse, you and your ilk are completely to blame.
You would physically hurt someone for voicing their opinion? WOW, ok. I'll let that stand on it's own accord as you call someone else ignorant and lacking in any sense of right and wrong.
We already say, as a united world pretty much, that a broad form of education in sciences and arts should be free and made freely available to everyone.
Physical art, for the most part, can be viewed for free. In the case it does require money to see, such a museum entrance fee, they are all 100% non profit tax free entities. In this case I'm equating viewing a painting to listening to a song, little rough but still. The painter of the art is not getting a percentage of the viewers.
Let's also not forget, 100% of the music that has influenced our modern music, is free. Completely and utterly free, can be reproduced with out problem or copyright issue. The huge shoulders we ALL stand on as musicians is entirely royalty free public domain music.
For that matter, we can play other peoples songs, and as long as we pay a very SMALL fee, can charge and make any profit over that fee that we want.
The school I went to, as a student, you could copy at whim anything in their music library, which was extensive from classical to new releases. They even provided copying machines to aid the process.
There's no way in the world that the fee they pay for that license even remotely equates to what songs are sold for via iTunes or a physical CD.
So given particularly the last example, even the record companies are for music being (practically) free for students at least.
It should additionally be noted that almost all libraries in the US, and elsewhere, have CD's for checkout at the library. This again is 100% free and at least the libraries here, have everything from classical to new releases, 2010 major label releases. 'DSOP' might be a little upset to hear about that...