Given all the debate about copyright, ptp, different payment methods, debates about morality, and all that kind of thing, I thought I’d post a list of reasons to buy music or art that have nothing to do with “promoting the artist” but are entirely from a pragmatic and practical point of view.
- Higher Quality content. When you pirate something quality is often lost for the sake of transmission or simply as a byproduct of importing. Also very few people want to go to the trouble of downloading high file size flac files for example even though they are higher quality. So while one CAN produce higher quality files they generally aren’t as popular as they demand more resources. An DVD is typically 9 gig if you copy it directly but most people compress that into about 700mb - 1.5gb or so avi files for the sake of speedy downloads. SAFE might change the download speed issue but it won’t change the demand on resources. 9gb is a lot more safecoin than 700mb BUT there is a difference in quality.
*Obscurity - If a band is obscure one could find it nessesary to buy the music just because it’s the only source available. There are instances where it can’t be found on bittorrent, youtube or anywhere on the net.
*Album Art - You don’t get the nice shiny cover or album art, or the decals or the cd without buying the music. Granted that might not matter to some but for others it might very well matter.
*Interactions with the Artist - If you go to concerts or other events and what not and buy music/art in person you might meet the artist in person and get to talk to them and get them to sign said cd. This is more likely at small scale events but hey it can happen. Also artists tend to take more notice of people that buy their art. So if you’re a fanboy/fangirl that wants to catch your favorite artist’s eye this might matter to you.
Privacy - If you buy art/music offline with cash you don’t have to worry about the feds tracking what you’re doing as much. I’ve also picked up cd’s at the recycle center before as they’re being thrown out en mass. You can sometimes pick up whole bags of them that way (Good usable cds. You’d be amazed what people throw out.)