Not that it’s never been brought up before… but, the debate rages on. I find it interesting that it’s a CNET poll, and that there are people quite passionate on both sides of the issue. Check out this poll:
I’m not exactly sure where I fall. Obviously, as a musician… I see value in the songs & the entertainment. It’s great when I have a product to sell. It’s awesome that people would want to pay to purchase noise that I make. To me it’s more of a lifestyle/hobby though. I don’t mind playing just to make gas money, or selling music barely above cost… or even posting it for free. I dig that people enjoy it. But, and this is a big but… If it was my sole means of income, I sure would not be happy giving much away for free. Although, radio and now online streaming are the way to get heard, and… that’s free. You almost need that to advertise yourself, unless you gig non-stop like Metallica in their early days.
Are people like me who don’t mind giving away music devaluing music for everyone? I certainly like free stuff. I also buy CD’s & merchandise from local & smaller touring acts like a madman. I realize I’m not normal in that practice. I see the value in others’ art. It’s important to me to reward their efforts.
The again, I’m a huge fan of freeware, shareware, and open source stuff when it comes to software. What’s the difference?
What’s the new model? Albums are free, shows and T-shirts make you money? Every band releases a documentary & a bunch of live DVD’s? Government sticks its’ nose into streaming and it becomes an ad-heavy payola nightmare?
I’d like to hear everyone’s thoughts in the comments.
- SoundCloud Downloader: Users with unlimited downloads from SoundCloud spend 28% more on music (prweb.com)
- YouTube to launch its own music streaming service, says report (news.cnet.com)
- Cook reportedly discussed music streaming service with Beats (news.cnet.com)
- Facebook will reportedly launch content-specific news feeds (cbsnews.com)
- Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, and other digital pioneers sour on ‘pay what you want’ music | The Verge (rightcoast.typepad.com)
- After 40 hours of free mobile music, you will have to pay Pandora (geeky-gadgets.com)
- Poll: Should music be free? (news.cnet.com)
- Google reportedly in negotiations with music labels to launch streaming service (engadget.com)
- Amazon Intros Service That Stores Your CDs In The Cloud (miami.cbslocal.com)
- Music industry grows first time in decade on digital sales of Adele (business.financialpost.com)