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Is downloading killing music part 769

Posted: April 17th, 2004, by Marceline Smith

I’ve always been a keen believer in the ‘downloading music actually helps record sales’ line and am now realising my mistake. It is true that I download stuff to hear what it sounds like and that if I really really like it then I go buy the actual record so that I don’t have to listen to it on my computer and/or can have it on lovely vinyl too. BUT I see now what I have actually been doing is going to eBay and buying the records I like secondhand! So no extra money for record label or band. I wonder when the RIAA will turn their stupid minds towards eBay, record exchanges and charity shops. You’re all killing music!!

I’m also vaguely bemused by the fact that the most oft-downloaded MP3s from my collection on Soulseek are the Washing Machine album by Sonic Youth and Let’s Get Ready To Rhumble by PJ & Duncan.

Marceline Smith

Marceline is the fierce, terrifying force behind diskant.net, laughing with disdain as she fires sharpened blades of sarcasm in all directions. Based in Scotland, her lexicon consists of words such as 'jings', 'aboot' and 'aye': our trained voice analysts are yet to decipher some of the relentless stream of genius uttered on a twenty-four hour basis. Marceline's hobbies include working too much and going out in bad weather.


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