Lets really think about Napster for a minute.... sharing or stealing music..... Why do musicians exists…isn't it to supply us common people with hope, inspiration, amusement, and to take us all back to a better and simpler time in our lives...For example your hosting a house party (regardless of your age and the age of your guests this would fit) everybody is talking and reminiscing about days gone by when some one says hey remember that song from the yada yada yada whatever whatever whatever and everybody say O yeah that was a great song.... at that moment everyone in the room has that same look on their face and that thought in their head......what better time for you (the party host) to say hey we can get it off Napster right now......how cool would that be....is anyone losing any money NO......is anybody's kids not going to eat that night b/c you down loaded their daddy's song off the net NO.....Final point.....If you like an artist when his or her CD comes out your going to buy it regardless of what the MTV, Rolling Stones, or your neighbor says about it.....which means true fans will be true fans and these artists that feel their pockets are thinning b/c of Napster need to find a way to appeal to more of us common folk OR (and I really think this is the best way to go) instead of putting out a 13 track CD and only 3 songs be any good and the rest garbage how about sending a little extra time in the studio, put out a good product, and you wont have to worry about someone down loading your music off Napster b/c downloading 3 songs is easy, but downloading 13 with a 56K modem is a pain in the ass! :-)
3 songs or 13, if you're not paying for them, YOU'RE STEALING, jackass. If artists aren't compensated for their craft, who in the hell do you think would want to make music? Here's an idea, tell your boss you don't need to get paid for 3 of the 8 hours you work in a day.
Sharing or stealing? Is Napster any different to when we decide to share songs we copy from the radio, or when we decide to steal a mate's CD to copy it for the handful of good songs instead of paying through the roof for what is otherwise a load of rubbish? I apologise now for any intertwining I may be doing with the two words 'sharing' and 'stealing' but let's face it, if you're the receiver, you'll use the former word but as the creator you will prefer the latter; either way it is the same. Now let's look at the vast range of artists, songs, mixes, comedy, TV, film and even Ad. tunes that we all love and can only get conveniently from this much demanded service. Sorry to disillusion the artists out there, but most of us do not have the intention to buy a CD of 15 odd songs for a only a handful we actually like. Maybe if consumers didn't feel so ripped off with CDs, then there may not be SUCH a huge demand worldwide for it. If anything, it gets some of us listening to artists we otherwise would not waste the time of day on, no matter how big they are. Napster is not a substitute for CDs. If we are real fans or if we think most songs on a CD are going to be worth the fortune we pay for them, then we will buy them, just like before. Whole CDs do not get downloaded. Napster is simply is convenient service to obtain those tunes we wouldn't otherwise have at all!
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