I think it’s time to stop complaining about losing profits due to filesharing. Makes no sense to me. Losing profits compared to what? Those earned if the technology did not exist? So what if there are a million 8 (or 16) bit versions of everything Twisted ever published floating around out there..
I don’t buy the argument that people who dl leaked copies won’t buy the album. Those who download copies might actually find they like it enough to contribute to the artist, through whatever means they can afford. It’s not very capitalistic, it’s not what we’re used to. Like it or not, album profits are now more based on album merit. Instead of the artist saying “here’s my work, and this is the cost to enjoy it,” it is the consumer saying, “I will evaluate a lo-fi (or not) copy, and then decide if and how much of my money it’s worth.
The issue of “lost profits” has nothing to do with die hard fans and everything to do with fence sitters, or “initiates”. (Not too culty sounding, is it? It’s because of these people that filesharing might be an advantage. Potential new fans, and new potential concert goers. I believe a digital copy is not a product or a commodity. It’s information. Advertising the experience of a live Shpongle concert in the privacy of your own underground dungeon. Just me? Ok, anyway, it’s one of the new reasons I’m digging the samples (haven’t dled the album yet- yes, I can actually wait, CW :p. Lots of live drums. Makes you want to be at the show.
Twisted should take a cue from Ott. From his website, ottsonic.com:
If you have downloaded any of my music from filesharing networks, or made copies from friends, and feel you would like to donate something directly to me, you can do so by clicking the “Donate” button below.
There is no minimum or maximum amount so feel free to send me what you think my work deserves.