I was checking out the very comprehensive Essential Elements blog, and they were offering up Ultramagnetic MC's "Critical Beatdown" for download (original and remastered). What ensued in the comments was a debate about downloading music for free vs. for pay. I had to chime in after reading a few things that just didn't sit right with me. Also, I couldn't help but notice that some of the comments in favor of downloading without compensating labels were almost inappropriately passionate, which to me sounds like they know it's not right. What do you think? Here's what went down (for some reason my comment, at the time pf this post, unexpectedly, was the last word):
Essential Elements Ultramagnetic downloading debate
UPDATE: Too bad- the comments were removed. So much for the debate. I thought I contributed a valuable comment based on my experiences in running and supporting an indie record label. We tend to hear artists bitching about labels, but trust me, running a label is no cake walk, on the psyche or the wallet.
How do I feel about people downloading mixshows and mixtapes? Same way I feel about people haveing recorded my radio show for years and years- it's great. Spread it around. None of them were available commercially, except on a very local level. It would be great to have classic mixshows available commercially for download, but it's a licensing/copyright nightmare. It'll never happen.