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Singer Songwriter & Vocal Coach, Lizanne Hennessey - Voice Coach

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Should Music be Free?

We live in a digital age where music is easily accessible, which is a great thing.
We also live in a digital age where it is socially accepted to steal music.
It makes sense to pay a buck for a cup of pre-fab coffee, but not for a piece of music.

Why?

Behind a piece of music is expertise, investment, skill and professionalism.
You wouldn't ask a contractor to build your house for free, just because he 'likes his job', would you?

Example.
If everyone who contributes to this discussion were to buy my album (let me stress - this is by no means a request to do so!!!), I would have enough money to buy groceries this month. The royalties we earned on selling our music made it possible to buy our house.

Who benefits from free music?

I'm curious, from the point of view of the 'starving musician', what your thoughts are!

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  • May 12 2013: I only buy what I like. I like a lot of music. I have over 10,000 songs in my library, none of which are stolen. So, how do I know what I like in order to buy it? I must hear it for free first. Pretty simple.
    -Jahfre
    • May 13 2013: Jahfre,
      this is so great to hear!
      Like you, I have never stolen music. The music I have, I treasure, and respect, and have willingly paid the relatively small amount to have a piece of art, which is really what it is.

      In order to decide whether you like a piece of music or not, is indeed dependent on being able to hear it. This is also a part of the problem!
      iTunes allows you to hear only a fragment. This is so that people can't illegally download the song, using download software. As a listener/consumer, I need to hear the entire song before committing to buying it, so I find it annoying. At the same time, as an artist, I know my songs are better protected!

      Many other sites allow you to hear the entire song, but the song is also easier to download illegally. There are so many programs made specifically to illegally download music, an artist who charges for their music simply can't compete against!

      My issue, is that is listeners continue to download music for free, professional artists will no longer be able to afford to make music.

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