Jul 3, 2009 General
Posted by Aditya
I asked a music lover: when was it the last time he walked into a music store to buy a CD; he said “hmm…. Let me think. Maybe 2 years back?”
So does that mean he stopped listening to music after that? “Ofcourse not”, he said.
The Net came to his rescue… Better bandwidths, cheaper offers from ISPs have made it affordable for downloading ‘my kind of stuff’. Good.
But did he pay for the songs / albums he downloaded? “Ofcourse not!”, he said.
And why not? “Because there are some websites which allow me to download full songs at good quality. I listen to them on my PC, copy them to my phone also.”
So I asked him if he did not think this action of his was hurting the music industry as a whole. “Ofcourse not! They’re charging lakhs per song, earning from live shows, etc. So my spending or not spending Rs. 150 for a CD will not affect them in any way. They have no right to complain.”
Before I could wonder why people bother about who earns how much, he went on…. “And once I had to travel to a music shop in a mall to buy a CD (maybe he could not find online), I so desperately wanted . This cost me Rs. 40 by auto to the nearest mall. And then I ended up finding that the store did not have the CD I went there for. This was frustrating, plus a complete waste of time and money.”
So I finally asked him if he would ever buy an original disc? I think you know the answer.
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