Buying music you stole.


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.

Written while listening to “Summertime”
album (Unknown)

by Will Smith