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The future of downloading

Is downloading still the future of music?

Is it as some claim killing music, I think it devalues it certainly.

Look at piracy on the whole, we’re so blase about it really.

As I get older I see the value in things much more than I did when I was younger.

From the bbc website:

‘Young people’s attitudes to music may be too complicated and fast-changing to measure, says Bill Thompson

Peer-to-peer (p2p) download services are still popular with music-loving kids, it seems. The second annual survey of young people’s music consumption by pressure group UK Music found among 1,808 respondents aged 18 to 24 that three-fifths of them used p2p services, and four-fifths of those did so at least once a week.

This is almost the same as last year’s result, and would seem to indicate that the efforts by the music industry to offer a range of licensed alternatives to Limewire and other p2p services have failed to have any real impact.’

Read the rest here

But when I was younger I valued my music because it cost me so much to maintain, these days a record collection can be downloaded in a matter of days.

Not that I want to come across as some kind of grumpy old man.

When CD reared it’s ugly head in the early 80’s I avoided them clinging unhealthily to my beloved vinyl, hunting it down like a mad dog.

Eventually I gave in, It was much easier when mp3 came along but that lost it’s shine quickly.

You see owning the music physically so to speak means a lot.

The arguement though goes that record comapanies are evil corporate monsters and why should I pay them?

Paying for something shows you value it.

If you value music show it.

So the record industry takes it’s cut, so what? It’s called Show Business, it’s exactly that a business.

Updated: August 15, 2009 — 5:41 am

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