Eder Jiménez Magallanes

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Should music be a business? or could it be a form of sharing expresions with art??

Amanda Palmer gives us a very interesting idea, giving todays situation with the piracy and file sharing, should record companies keep on charging for music? or just give it away and the expect fans to pay them for the musicians work? I mean nowadays it's really easy to download an entire album, why labels continue to make us pay for music? why bands just simply ask for their music? We download/buy music of band of our preference, and with the help of social networks we can follow every move the bands make, and why not pay them for their magic? Lady Gaga, Neil Young, Jack White, Norah Jones, Shakira, Ed O'Brien, Liam Gallagher, Nelly Furtado, Bjork, Joss Stone, and many others agree with file-sharing, one of them describes music as a gift, and music being a gift should be give away, antoher ones says that piracy is not killing the industry because if someone doesn't pay for the cd's, said someone is gonna pay for tickets for a show, or t-shirts or whatever else the label sells, and another musician accepts he used to record music in a tape when he was young, and what another musician says, and i am quoting, -“Downloading’s the same as what I used to do – I used to tape the charts of the songs I liked [off the radio]. I don’t mind it, I hate all these big, silly rock stars who moan – at least they’re fuckin’ downloading your music, you cunt, and paying attention, know what I mean? You should fuckin’ appreciate that – what are you moaning about? You’ve got fuckin’ five big houses, so shut up.” so why the complaining? The record companies should start giving away music and find another way to ask people to the bands work and stop making the music art a business and start seeing it as a form of expression that must be shared

  • May 8 2014: It is not head I win and tail you lose proposition you are offering.

    You charge for your work or services the reason they charge. You can get your water free from lake or river in the forest perhaps does not mean it is free delivered to your home.

    Amazon aboriginal do not charge for anything. They pick food from forest when hungry and drink from the stream when thirsty. They do not wear clothes.Do you hear suggestion?
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      May 9 2014: Yes, but Amanda Palmer is doing it, would it be so wrong? she is giving away her music and in her shows she ask for money, and she is a great musician and she has no problem with this form of charging for her music, in addition, I think Record Labels charge more than the real cost of a CD, artist are supposed to enjoy making music, so they shouldn't charge as much as they do.
      • May 10 2014: Eder:

        Sure. She can give away what is her's at any time. I have nor problem. I was talking about her going beyond that and asking what record companies should charge.

        When I think about someone's real cost and what they they should charge, I think about my income and work. May be my work is only 1/10 of what I get paid.

        Do you mean that you should charge others only what it cost. That is what Karl Marx says

        Adam Smith says value is in the eye of the beholder and item is priced at what seller is willing to pay and not what it cost. That means cost of production of item has no relationship to the value of the manufacture except as a rough guide. An Artist may have no cost of singing. May be he can fail 3 times or 50 times before he can sell any. How do singer price his music to the cost of production? How do you allocate cost of his indeterminable failure. Same logic applies to the record company.

        Actually I will like to have item virtually free or pay as little as I need to. Do I say farmers are not making enough on the meat production from what price they sale. So when paying , you say here is Five dollars,Please give it to farmer so that he do not make loss!