I'm definitely not with you on that. I whole-heartedly believe in the illegal P2P industry. It's simple to explain. Try before you buy. I will download an entire album for free...not iTunes or anything like that. I will give it a couple of listens. If I like it, I go out and purchase the album. If I don't like it I simply delete it. It's that simple to understand. Try before you buy is prevalent everywhere...so why not in music? You wouldn't buy a television without switching it on to see the quality of the picture would you?
Over the years I have been a member of one such online BitTorrent metal community. I have discovered bands that I would never have even imagined before. And subsequently I loved their music so much that I went out and purchased their music. In the case of Opeth I listened to Morningrise a few years ago and loved it so much that I purchased 3 other Opeth discs that were in the store without even listening to them (I think they were Still Life, Orchid and one more...Deliverance I think). Now I have all of their records. I think P2P is the best thing that ever happened to the underground music industry. It gives worldwide exposure to bands who would never have been able to otherwise. Try before you buy....it's that simple. Most people I know from that BitTorrent forum purchase music they like. I do the same. It's only a problem when people download without purchasing what they like afterwards.
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