The Music Industry

Let’s get straight to the point, we all listen to music. I listen to music every single day of my life and I enjoy all genres of music including country, rap, rock, pop, ska, etc.  I have over a thousand songs on my iTunes playlist, and although many of those songs have come from CD’s which I have purchased in the past, the majority of the songs came from the internet which I have downloaded.  There are a vast amount of websites that offer the ability to download songs with no problem! The thing that slips people’s minds is that this act is illegal! Who really is OK with buying a song off of iTunes? A dollar or more per song, that’s crazy talk!  I can guarantee all of you lovely bloggers are guilty of downloading pirated music. Personally, I think it is silly to pay for music, and I am not talking about buying CD’s and records. 

Today there are multiple ways to access online media through transmission of codes and practices.  In the article, Scenes of Transmission: Youth Culture, MP3 File Sharing, and Transferable Strategies of Cultural Practice by Dale A. Bradley,  he states that one of the most obvious examples of this phenomenon of “convergent transmission” is the now famous case of Napster.  Napster is a system based on youth culture as a way to appreciate music through digital media and online communication.  Clearly this form of transmission is a more positive and safer way to access music, videos, etc. and is becoming more popular by the second! Bradley also mentions that the community constituted by the early Napster (as well as other music sharing sites and networks) and the IRC-based discussions that informed their development were more than simply the sum of peer-to-peer (P2P) networks and online communication.  Therefore, the system is no more than communication between other people with the same interest as you!


The TED talks video, Larry Lessig: Laws that choke creativity, Lessig chats about online media, copyrights, etc. in dry humor, demonstrating the stupidity of certain laws.  He declares that there is a growing extremism that comes from both sides in the debate in response to the conflict between the law and the use of the technologies. He states that one side automatically takes down from sites such as YouTube and any content that has any copyrighted content in it, while the other side, there is a growing copyright abolitionism, a generation that rejects the notion of what copyright is supposed to do and believes that the law is nothing more than an ass to be ignored and fought at every opportunity.  This video is funny, yet very true and I feel the exact same way.  I think it is ridiculous to have such laws on something that is available to everyone.  It almost acts as a tease. 


I hope that in the near future, these laws will be broken down, and non-existent.  What do you bloggers believe is right? Do you think copyrights and laws are fair to have on access to such public media? Are more conflicts created through these laws?



Larry Lessig: Laws that choke creativity. TED Talks (2007). Filmed March 2007, posted November 2007.

Bradley, D. (2006) Scenes of Transmission: Youth Culture, MP3 File Sharing, and Transferable Strategies of Cultural PracticeM/C Journal. 9(1). 


3 thoughts on “The Music Industry

  1. rp10ap

    I completely agree with you regarding the effortless ability to access music that is in a sense considered pirated. This generation has so many options presented to them to pirate music. From utilizing bit torrent clients to file sharing websites, to even having the ability to convert audio clips from YouTube to mp3 files, the ability to pirate is relatively effortless. Furthermore, with an ever growing music collection can you see yourself purchasing a song for $1.29 on iTunes? I believe that options will always be present and ultimately it is up to the consumer to decide.

  2. rw08ty

    I agree that the ability to share the music is encouraging people to have the music illegally downloaded. What I think the major issue is the lack of awareness, not everyone knows that it is illegal to download those mp3’s via the sharing programs that are available. Many users look at it as , I can read a newspaper online for free, watch shows on YouTube , then mp3 downloading is allowed. I think it is very similar to having fruits in a farm with a sign ” Free access to everyone” and then you start charging people to pick the fruits of the tree.

  3. tialow

    I agree with you that downloading music is so simple because of the fact that it is easily accessible and people do not realize that it is wrong. I too think that it is silly to pay over a dollar for a song, especially when it most likely will be unpopular in a year anyway. I have never known anyone who purchases every single song they have. Sure, if someone gave me an iTunes card with money on it I would use it but why would anyone waste their own money. Especially youth who would rather spend that money on food and beverages! I am very curious to see what it will be like in the future. If there will be more intense copyright laws or if it will be a free for all with no consequences.


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