Illegal Music

Why I Download: Confessions of a Music Junkie

“We download because it is difficult to sympathize with a business that claims its artists are losing money to the file sharing phenomenon, and then typically pays them last — after the label, the managers, the lawyers, the label’s promotion department and everyone else involved in making and promoting the record. Artists make little, if any, money from albums unless they are megasellers. It is through touring and merchandise sales — and maybe publishing royalties — where artists have any hope of recouping the costs of making an album and earning a living. Downloads can’t infringe upon concerts, radio play and T-shirts.”