Do you pay for music?

Do you pay for music?

Now that technology has invaded everyone’s lives – there has been a serious uptick in moral dilemmas.

One of them is “music.”

I should add that we feel most of today’s music is not music to our ears because that’s the world we grew up in.

But back in the day – you’d have to literally STEAL an LP or CD in order to get the music for “free.” Either that or accept a sub-standard “cassette tape” copy from a friend.

Almost all music is free today anyway, right?

Go to YouTube. You can pretty much LISTEN to any song in existence. And if you have an internet connection, quality speakers or headphones – you cannot tell the difference.

You can even build a playlist of already published songs, and stream them in your car. All for free (other than your monthly cell bill).

And we’re not even sure the “artists” receive any compensation. Maybe if you click an ad? And if they do get money, how much? One-hundredth of one cent per play?

That’s it – with minimal effort and the interwebs, almost all music costs you nothing extra out of pocket.

So why is anyone still using expensive options like iTunes or even Amazon Prime?

Is it all about having a personal collection of songs available to play offline? The other ways are too hard or inconvenient?

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Is that the level of control they want?

It appears to us, that whoever is in control of said music nowadays just wants to prevent people from having a private collection of songs they can play anywhere – without a way of being tracked.

But there are still many ways to make your music free and portable.

Converters and foreign sites

For one, there are many “online converters” that take those YouTube videos – and convert them to MP3 format.

Additionally, there is free software you can download to your computer – and convert entire YouTube playlists to individual MP3 tracks. MediaHuman (

And lastly, there are places like that have a full catalog of almost all known music. You can stream from there (for free) – or buy tracks for a fraction of iTunes (usually 10 or 20 cents).

So what is your moral take?

Listen for free because millions of others are? Or take the high road and either try and buy directly from the artists, or use “legitimate” sources?

And other than buying direct (like we did with Radiohead in the past), how “legit” is having so many middle-men taking a slice of the royalties anyway?

The world of music, and how you get it has changed profoundly over the past few decades. I can only wonder where it will go in the future. I’m just glad we have the excellent music of the past.

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