Why do we do it?
People have become more and more distrusting of the music industry, not the musicians and the bands but the labels and management. One reason for the lack of respect towards them is because many people feel like the artists aren’t getting the profits from their albums and singles that they deserve. They’d rather illegally download than spend money which just goes to faceless record companies.
It’s a possibility that musicians will become independent artist rather than being signed. Then they get the vast majority of the profits. It can be done, as proved by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.
Some people just don’t have the money. You could be the biggest superfan in the world but if you don’t have the money to buy the album you’ll probably just illegally download. It’s a record company’s fault, if the weren’t so greedy with money then people could afford to buy music. But until that happens people will continue to do it.
Could pirates be helping?
In a Columbia University study published in 2013, they concluded that active users of peer-to-peer sharing sites in the U.S legally purchased 30% more music than people who don’t use these sites. This just proves that the record labels shouldn’t completely alienate this audience as they are contributing a lot to the sales and to alienate them would be a mistake.
Piracy has been around a lot longer than we think.
Technically piracy has been around a lot longer than the internet. Before the internet people would sit and record songs on tape records from the radio. That is the exact same thing as what is known as piracy today. Yes, it may not be as sophisticated but it’s still stealing music.
It’s difficult to make an intelligent guess as to the full impact illegal downloading has had on the music industry. It’s obviously done a fair amount of financial damage to it but to what extent. Are we coming to the end of the music industry as we know it? Yes, we are. The music industry has to be adaptable and willing to change. It’s always changing, but music will never be gone and people will always want music.