Paying For Music

I guess this has, and always will be, a touchy subject in music. What is considered stealing and what isn’t. At least I can honestly say, at this point in time, that 80% of the music I consume has all been legally acquired.

Do you remember what it was like before the internet went mainstream? When the radio and MTV was your life and when you used to have a materialistic relationship with music? The first cassette tape I ever bought with my own money was the Space Jam Soundtrack. That was in 1996 so I guess I was 10 years old or something. I saved up 2 months worth of allowance to buy that tape at A&B Sound. That was also my first introduction to R. Kelly, haha.

When the internet started to get popular so did the free music sharing program, Napster. It’s kind of amazing to think that I have experienced almost every format of pirated music. From recording my own mixtapes off the radio, to burning mix cds, to having thousands upon thousands of songs downloaded my computer.

In the early days of the internet I remember how important it was to “own” things. To have so many megs of music or so many gigs of porn. Now I think it’s all about speed and access. I mean, if I kept every scrap of music I ever downloaded in the past 10 years i’d probably have a few teras full. The reason why I don’t even bother downloading music 80% of the time is because I don’t even want to begin thinking about where I would store it all. I mean, I don’t have a 64 gig iPod. Really, does anyone have a 64 gig iPod?

I pay a subscription to both Netflix and Rdio for essentially that very reason. I want to listen to and watch everything, but don’t want to think about storing it. The only time I feel like I have to pirate music is when i’m both too obsessed with a song to limit myself to streaming, and can’t seem to buy it anywhere. I mean, almost all the mixes I listen to are usually given away for free from the artists. Also, most of the studio albums I want to listen to are available for purchase or are released on Rdio at the same time so there is almost no reason to have to steal it. Besides, I kinda like buying music. Especially when you buy it directly from the artist, you get those warm fuzzies and shit.

My favourite song off of Bonobo’s latest album, which I just bought – Emkay:

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