Originally Posted by Klebold
I was referring to those who own the album (downloaded or bought) but then take the time to go and upload it for others to download for free. They gain nothing from it financially so what really is the point? If you're doing it for the warm feeling given by a 'thx' comment or for views on your blog then you're quite sad. I can see why people would want to be the downloader as in their eyes there not individially making a huge difference to the artist but the uploader is taking a lot of money from the artist and not getting any for themself which is stupid and irresponsible.
Until record companies stop making it about them and more about the music, then I'll really get on the buying album bandwagon. Lately, I've bought two albums from local artists, and am pre-ordering another EP because I get a shirt and comic book with it (The New Devil Wears Prada Zombies EP off merchnow). I appreciate when more effort goes into giving the consumer something extra for purchasing their hard work, instead of some big company saying to me "Here's the latest _______ album, give me 25 bucks and some might go to the artist." I bought the latest Parkway Drive, but spent the extra 10 bucks to get the shirt and limited edition metal casing, just because for 10 bucks more, I'm getting something limited, as well as a shirt I can continually wear, on top of a great CD.
Plus, I also buy merchandise, as I have a Portugal. The Man shirt, 2 We Came As Romans Shirts, The Word Alive, A Devil Wears Prada Shirt, Fall Of Troy, Sky Eats Airplane, Protest The Hero and a shirt from a small company called Electric Zombie. I buy them because obviously a lot of effort has gone into the design and end result, instead of your generic AC/DC or Metallica logo shirts.
Plus, it also has to do with lack of funds. I have a fair few albums on my laptop (over 200) or so, and at 15 bucks or so, I'd need around $3000 to buy all those albums. As a 17 year old, I just don't have that kind of money, plus I have to use it for other things in my day to day life also. I just don't have the money to buy every CD I enjoy, and being in Australia, many of the CD's are not only hard to get, but are costly imports at stores that do have them, or the shipping on them is an absolute killer.