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July 28, 2003

oh the triphop...

"I feel so cold, all hookers and gin, this mess we're in"

Royalty-wise, is "filesharing" any different than buying all
your CDs used? The only CDs I've bought in the last year
were deeply discounted to the point that everyone in the
record store was walking around with a stack. If a CD
would cost, say $3-5 or so, I'd own three times the amount
that I do. Until that point, there's half.com, I suppose.

Am I the only person that realizes that all "they" have to
do to win is make the cost of a CD less than the pain in the
ass to get a respectable quality homogenous rip off the net?

music: Portishead: Western Eyes

candice at July 28, 2003 12:50 AM


I get decent rips with no trouble from Usenet. It's more of a trawler system though - it's not often I get what I had in mind, but there's always something fun.

I do actually own quite a lot of CDs (1000 or so), but I am not buying as many as I used to. That said, 1-click ordering is getting me more obscure things on a whim that I couldn't buy in stores.

Besides, didn't you realise that second-hand CDs are evil too? http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/business/20020614-9999_1b14usedcds.html

I wish they'd stop focussing on the atoms, and start focussing on the bits.

Posted by: Howie at July 28, 2003 03:12 AM

Personally? I get a metric fuckton of music off usenet and soulseek. Sometimes IRC if I get bored enough. What they're attacking at the moment is "p2p", though. IRC to lesser extents. At a previous job I got handed a few Cease and Desist emails, with the request of "check this stuff out, and tell me if they're bluffing, cause they sound like they don't know shit."

And thank you for that link, I read that a while ago and could not for the life of me remember the source.

Posted by: candice at July 28, 2003 03:19 AM

I stopped buying new CDs when the RIAA sued a few ISPs (or threatened; I'm not sure the suits were ever filed) because they wouldn't block a Chinese site that was handing out music. The site itself vanished, leaving the RIAA nothing to sue over, and in passing leaving me (and presumably others) in no frame of mind to ever give the RIAA another cent (that's the european cent, of course). Since then, I've bought one new CD, and that was music released by a friend on CDBaby.com; I've bought a handful of second-hand CDs, since even buying second-hand RIAA-produced music is indirectly giving them cash; and if I hear something I really like on MTV or wherever, I'll go haul the file off a nearby p2p network and listen to it until I'm tired of it. I'm happy to buy stuff that's, shall we say, RIAA-clean, even if it's a bit pricey, but since the RIAA-produced stuff accounts for something like 90% of CDs sold, I'm shopping in a fairly small market if I'm shopping at all. Mostly I just rely on the 200-odd CDs I've already bought to provide me with entertainment.

Of course, I'm completely undermining my anti-whatever stance by purchasing DVDs, but hey. I reserve the right to be inconsistent in my approach to The Cause.

Posted by: Waider at July 29, 2003 05:34 AM

As I say these words again...
"When I have money..."

I have plans to buy up a bunch of the back catalog of various artists that I like, used, mostly just to have it around to make decent rips out of and stuff.
Perhaps start an actual record collection to feed the techno addiction. I've gotten somewhat into the independents as of late, who I'd like to support more, which basically means having a good excuse to go to shows.

Hm. I own all of one dvd. Mostly because I've been largely broke for the last year and change.
A couple months ago I got 8 cds for 15$, new at a record store closing sale, which was kinda neat in and of itself.

Posted by: candice at July 29, 2003 07:30 PM

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