These days its easy to feel entitled to the content on the internet. But lets go back in time and take a look into our history. In the days of old the only way to get free music was on the radio. Sit in front of your cutting edge boom box with your finger over the record button with a blank cassette tape in the deck. Wait patiently for the radio host to shut their big mouth so you can hit that button and catch the smooth intro of your favourite new hit. The mixtape is born.
Then technology advanced and Compact Discs were invented and it became a little easier to get free albums. If your friend bought a new record and you shared their interest in that artist you could rip it using your computer and burn it on a new CD. You could even change it up and pick a variety of songs you like from different artists. Imagine that. We lost the magic of the mixtape title but a new trend was born. Music sharing.
Napster, bearshare, lime wire, and a thousand other music sharing communities were formed and the industry went crazy! Now its basically a free for all out there in the world wide interwebs. So whats the problem? These artists we steal music from are rich aren’t they? Well they used to be.
Elvis built his empire on album sales. Tickets to his concerts were only a few dollars. For pocket change you could go and swoon over your favourite artists and enjoy what they had to share with you. Now you can’t see a concert or attend a live event for a major artist without selling your grandchildren! But I guess thats the price we pay. It all works out in the end.
But theres a catch to this sour outlook on the free album download debate. Music is much more accessible these days and it has broken the stronghold monopoly the major labels have had on the industry for decades. It has allowed independent artists to get a foothold in the every changing business of music and for that we must thank ourselves.
Free album downloads from some of the best never before discovered artists in a world wide economy? We’ll take it! So steal away good people. Get your mix tapes and albums from all over. Just remember that these artists have worked hard and long to give us a piece of their heart so lets make sure we appreciate it as much as we humanly can! Cheers groupies!
Written By: Ryan Holidae
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