Originally Posted by silver99
What incentive is it for me to buy anymore itunes songs? Say for example I want 25 songs from iTunes - that would cost me roughly $25. OR... I could just pirate 1000 songs and only pay $25/year instead of $1000 for all those songs.
$25/year x 40 years would be the same as if I bought 1,000 songs off iTunes.
Someone correct me if I'm wrong - but why would I buy anymore music????
You're right. This is where the music industry is at. They'd rather all the pirates pay $25 per year than $0 per year.
But once you're using the service, if there's songs you want, some people would rather just buy the song rather than have to search through torrents, filesharing sites, etc. then scan and match etc.
So you have the carrot of $25 all-you-can-eat, with the UPSELL of actually purchasing individual songs on top of that because you don't want to have to torrent, fileshare, scan-and-match, re-download 256kbps AAC, etc.
Ethically in recent times I have had more and more trouble pirating stuff. Nowadays I don't torrent movies, I might as well just wait for the HD version anyway on satellite TV which has a built-in recording functionality. It's not on-demand but it's high, unlimited bandwidth because it comes from the dish. If it is a movie I really need to see, especially uncensored, then it's the iTunes Store HD rentals. I can hook up my iPad2 to the HDTV via HDMI.
As for music, mainly I listen to DJ Mixes. I have pirated songs in the past but honestly nothing really in the past few months. Having seen friends struggle to even release a single dance track even though it's really good and "club-worthy".... makes me think twice about pirating dance/trance music, particularly.
Can't wait for iTunes Match to be able to dump everything to the cloud... Although, what is considered a "song"? Many songs even as on iTunes has single tracks that are an hour long, eg. DJ mixes.There is definitely the temptation to rationalise things as, hey, okay, I'll pay $25 a year and that gives ME the RIGHT to pirate as many songs as I ever wanted. But as attractive as this initially sounds, that's not exactly what the $25 a year is meant to do.... legally, ethically, whatever. It's not for me to judge, I'll have to think about it as well for a while.