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    CDs
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    iTunes
    27.50%
    Torrents
    38.33%
    Limewire/MP3 Rocket etc
    21.67%

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    (Original post by tooosh)
    Do you honestly think you can pass a blind test between a CD, flac or whatever and MP3 V0, or even V2?
    Flac, no, but I sometimes (sometimes) can with 320, and definitely with 256 and CD, not sure what V0 and V2 are.

    The thing is, I can't put an mp3/FLAC onto my record deck, or play it on my cd player, nor would I want to.
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    (Original post by Manitude)
    You can carry on listening to your Justin Beiber. You clearly don't give a damn about supporting music.
    No I don't care and I am not alone in thinking that.
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    private trackers/music blogs
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    (Original post by seanfromtheblock)
    I don't understand how illegal music downloading is so widely seen as acceptable. I'm assuming you wouldn't steal a CD from a shop, this is no different (apart from involving less effort)
    That argument is so silly. First, music online is digital, this means that they can be downloaded literally infinite types and the music will still be there. Physical music on shops is not infinite, it is scarce, therefore, it diminishes every time someone steals it. Stealing is a meaningless concept when applied to something that is infinitely abundant.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    No I don't care and I am not alone in thinking that.
    It's just a shame that you probably listen to music that is popular, and won't have to hear about a band you like splitting up, or members leaving because they can't afford to keep making their music/can't afford to take time off work or tour, or are just genuinely having money troubles.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    Not my problem. Nothing's going to happen. Besides, how is it my responsibility to pay for the costs of tours/equipment etc?
    It is your responsibility to pay for something that you don't own, in order to own it/use it.

    I presume you don't go in and steal clothes from a shop?

    Why is it okay to steal music? You get paid for working, why shouldn't artists?

    Yes they are paid a lot of money, but that is their chosen career, just like you have your own chosen career. You shouldn't penalise them just because they happen to have a better paying job, I presume you aren't in the business of stealing tickets to see a football game etc. etc. :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by metalthrashin'mad)
    It's just a shame that you probably listen to music that is popular, and won't have to hear about a band you like splitting up, or members leaving because they can't afford to keep making their music/can't afford to take time off work or tour, or are just genuinely having money troubles.
    Many bands split up because they go off into other areas of work or have children.
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    If the CD is available I will buy it regardless. If not, then I torrent - only if not available as a physical or digital copy. I do prefer to have the physical copy though so I prefer not to buy mp3s unless I'm desperate.
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    (Original post by AlmostChicGeek)
    It is your responsibility to pay for something that you don't own, in order to own it/use it.

    I presume you don't go in and steal clothes from a shop?

    Why is it okay to steal music? You get paid for working, why shouldn't artists?

    Yes they are paid a lot of money, but that is their chosen career, just like you have your own chosen career. You shouldn't penalise them just because they happen to have a better paying job, I presume you aren't in the business of stealing tickets to see a football game etc. etc. :rolleyes:
    There is no difference between borrowing a mate's CD and downloading a track someone else uploaded which they bought from iTunes.

    Stealing clothes from a shop is different.

    Besides, it's the internet. Tough ****, it's here to stay.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    Many bands split up because they go off into other areas of work or have children.
    And many also split up due to financial issues.
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    A mix up of iTunes and torrents.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    There is this idea that if they weren't downloading it illegally they wouldn't purchase the music anyway.

    Personally I don't give a **** about the artists.

    What about artists/bands that are not making music anymore? How is downloading their music going to harm them?
    I would pos rep you (for once) but it says I've given too many ratings to you. Anyway, I agree to an extent. Most of the artist's money is through concerts, etc. Money from album sales is peanuts to them. And yes, if i didnt download it, I wouldnt have bought it at the shop so i would never have acquired the music which is not what the artist would want (because i could be a potential fan for concerts, etc)
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    (Original post by metalthrashin'mad)
    And many also split up due to financial issues.
    The bands/artists I listen to don't. Besides, they're obviously not very good if people aren't paying for it. I fail to see how buying one CD would prevent that.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    What about artists/bands that are not making music anymore? How is downloading their music going to harm them?
    What? You do know that artists and songwriters continue to get money from sales after the band splits up?
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    (Original post by tooosh)
    Do you honestly think you can pass a blind test between a CD, flac or whatever and MP3 V0, or even V2?
    320 and a WAV is pretty hard to differentiate from unless you're on a decent system. Any kind of youtube rip will be way less than 320kbps, and it'll sound like absolute arse. So yes.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    The bands/artists I listen to don't. Besides, they're obviously not very good if people aren't paying for it. I fail to see how buying one CD would prevent that.
    So the music you listen to is obviously not very good if you're not paying for it.

    A tenner is a pack of guitar strings, or quite a few miles on the road, every little helps.
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    (Original post by desijut)
    I would pos rep you (for once) but it says I've given too many ratings to you. Anyway, I agree to an extent. Most of the artist's money is through concerts, etc. Money from album sales is peanuts to them. And yes, if i didnt download it, I wouldnt have bought it at the shop so i would never have acquired the music which is not what the artist would want (because i could be a potential fan for concerts, etc)
    Thank you. In fact because music can be downloaded illegally it gets heard by more people, increasing the chances of sales. Hence why Youtube is a highly profitable platform despite being about to access virtually any song for free.

    If I'm going to pay for music, it better be worth it. Record companies would make MORE money by reducing the price of a track from £0.79 (quite common on iTunes) to, let's say 10p. More people would buy far more tracks = more money.
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    (Original post by Marshyy)
    What? You do know that artists and songwriters continue to get money from sales after the band splits up?
    And if they're dead?
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    (Original post by metalthrashin'mad)
    So the music you listen to is obviously not very good if you're not paying for it.

    A tenner is a pack of guitar strings, or quite a few miles on the road, every little helps.
    Well they're still performing/making music so it's OK. I don't give a **** if I pay, I care if there enough people out there paying. It doesn't have to be everyone.

    £10 x 200 albums = £2000

    **** every little helps. All I care about is me.
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    (Original post by im so academic)
    There is no difference between borrowing a mate's CD and downloading a track someone else uploaded which they bought from iTunes.

    Stealing clothes from a shop is different.

    Besides, it's the internet. Tough ****, it's here to stay.
    Usually the friend wants it back... so yeah there is unless you would rip it onto your iTunes?

    I understand we have the internet, but that doesn't mean things can't be changed.

    The attitude of people towards artists is a bit shameful, because if someone scr*wed them out of getting paid for their work they would be up in arms, but it is okay to do that to other people who are 'paid too much'.

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