Free Music Allowed on the Internet?

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Free Music Allowed on the Internet?

Technology is a huge part of our lives today. So much of what we do involves the use of the computer. Things that we never thought would be available to us over the computer are now there, so why not be able to download free music from your favorite artists? Artists as well as the record companies need to see the growth of technology as a good thing, and use it to their advantage so they do not miss out on the inevitable benefits.

Many artists and record companies do not think that it is a good thing to have their music available for free because they feel that they will lose a lot of money. The thing that they need to realize is that technology is only going to get better and they need to use it to their advantage. Many of today's artists make money touring and by having their music free could lead to people listening that would not normally listen to their music. This could lead to new listeners who might try it out, leading to more sales in tickets and in CDs. Someone might hear a song and realize that they really like that music and then want to go out and buy the entire CD.

There are already a number of websites that provide the music to download for free. The problem is that record companies do not approve of this and are taking the websites to court, saying that it is copyrighted, and that they do not have the permission to be using it. Napster is an example of what will happen. In Jon Pareles's article, "Envisaging the Industry as the Loser on Napster," he says how Napster had to stop letting users copy recordings that copyright holders did not want shared. The Recording Industry Association of America sued Napster and forced the website to shut down. The thing that they are n...

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The recording industry needs to wake up and realize that technology is changing the way that people want to hear and buy music. Money can still be made and people will still go to the concerts and buy the CDs. The marketing will still go on at the concerts including t-shirts, key chains and posters. This shows that the purchase of CDs is not the only source of income for musicians or the industry. If the artists allow for their music to be available for free to the fans, many more would actually buy the other merchandise to support the artist. Music should not be a competition in the sense that the artist needs to make more money. Unfortunately, many of the artists today are in it for the money and new musicians see how it can be done. Real musicians should want their music to be heard first, not to figure out the quickest way to make a buck.
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