i’ve thought about it a lot and decided that the best solution would be some donation system on artists’ websites so even if you download some tracks (its pretty possible you cant order some rare compilation released several years ago), you could still pay for it.
another point is the money actually earned by an artist when you buy a cd - i’ve read a book on music production and if i’m not mistaken it said the artist gets smth around 10% or even 5% from 1 sold copy - all the rest goes on production/promotion costs and to the label, then a part on marketing and to the shop, so if you donate $20 for an album directly to an artist, he’ll get 10 times more
this is the conclusion I came to when pondering the music sharing/stealing issue. The more people steal the album instead of buy it, the more likely the artist is to go bankrupt. not too likely, but statements such as “it’s not likely” are precisely the statements that start wars and destroy planets.
so say you have 100 pirated cd’s. the artists only receive 50 cents - 2 dollars per album sold.
So wouldn’t it be better for the artist (while at the same time promoting a de-bastardization of music corporate giants) to simply donate $2 per cd? makes much more sense to me. that is, IF you cannot afford to buy the music. You should not be sore out of luck simply because you don’t have enough money to pay… everyone should get shpongled! Let’s not imply otherwise, you pissy persons.