Sitting at work talking to another guy about the fact he’s “conflicted” when he thinks about buying songs he’s already downloaded off a file sharing network. This is especially interesting when you consider that the 2 of the first 3 songs I bought I already had.
Now a record company exec might say his conflict proves their view of file sharing as right. But I’d say it proves it wrong. What it says there is a desire by file sharers to actually pay for their music, but they don’t want to pay for a whole CD if they aren’t getting $19 worth of music they want.
I bought an album [Beautiful Garbage by Garbage. Preview “Shut Your Mouth”] after I listened to all the tracks and found 7 of 13 that I liked. Even if I hadn’t liked the other 6, I still paid for the whole album.
Another co-worker came in and I asked her about buying music she already had and she said a couple of the songs she bought the first day she had file shared, but most of them were stuff she hadn’t been able to find to buy.