Yup, I am replying to my own comment! :)
What's up with the parteners thing? I had no idea you could access the NYT like this... Maybe I am a dullard. How long has this been possible? :)
WRT the story: I really like what Chuck D has to say. It's not like CD sales have been plummeting lately or something. MP3s are a great way for people to hear a new sound or genre that they may not otherwise be exposed to.
Many of my friends have purchased CDs having heard the artist for the first time on an MP3. For example, it's not like DJ Shadow gets a great deal of radio or club time in my city (as far as I know), so MP3s may be the only way I get to hear much of this stuff. The traditional ways of hearing new music don't always work for me: I don't go out much, and my musical tastes include stuff my friends don't listen to. Does this mean I should go buy a CD on the off chance I might like one of the songs having heard part of a song on Much Music or in a movie? Now it's also true that I could go to a CD store and listen on some headphones to a CD and decide if I want to buy that CD. However, this encourages the impulse buy which I feel responsible people (especially students like myself) shoudl steer clear of.
This issue has been beaten to death but I just wanted to assert that it is possible to want MP3s to be available, without wanting "all music to be free".
[ Parent ]