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Supporting Musicians & My Personal Dilemma

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I torrent most of my music. But I want to start buying music since I understand that it's important to support the artists that I like.

 

So I see my options as A) MP3s, B) CDs, C) LPs.

 

Benefits of A: Reduce physical waste.

Benefits of B: I don't really see any.

Benefits of C: Encourages listening to albums in their entirety. Makes music more of a special experience (perhaps?) due to the physical process of putting on a record in comparison to double-clicking on my computer screen.

 

My problem with A: They are the exact same as torrents, with an inferior model of distribution.

My problem with B: They are functionally the exact same as torrents. It's true I get a physical object, but the CD will never see any actual use. 

My problem with C: Common Head-fi opinion seems to say that a vinyl set up sounds worse than digital unless you're dropping several hundred, which I am unwilling to do. I'm not even that picky about sound quality (seems crazy since I'm a member of Head-fi), but it seems foolish to spend money on an inferior experience. 

 

What do you guys think about this? What format would you choose?

 

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What about used music? The money does not go directly to the artist, but they help keep record stores in business. I imagine keeping record stores in business is generally beneficial for artists. But still, I imagine artists would prefer if they directly got money for their work. Do you guys have any moral uncertainty about buying used music?

 

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I've been thinking about these questions for a while, but these articles on Tiny Mix Tapes by Chris Ruen have caused me to think more carefully about them:

The Myth of DIY | Article | Tiny Mix Tapes

2009: **** Love, Let’s Make Dystopia | Article | Tiny Mix Tapes

Theyre both good reads.


Edited by Calexico - 4/2/13 at 7:47pm
post #2 of 7

I pick B. Not only do you get a physical copy and artwork unlike MP3 downloads, but you also get higher quality bitrates. Furthermore, if you're trying to actually support the artist, they get a much better cut from CD's than they do from downloads. Even though the downloads cost less to produce, the greedy record companies take the same cut that they usually do, and the digital provider then takes their cut on top of that, leaving the artist with less than they get from a CD sale. Honestly, I can see no reason to go with option A.

post #3 of 7

Lossless downloads and CDs are the way to go

post #4 of 7

I like to purchase through downloading if possible, as the money saved from the shipping costs can be used to buy even more music. Being in Australia, shipping really hurts, I usually pay something like $40-$50 all up for a $10 CD.

 

Failing that, I'll buy new CD's only, because I buy to 'support', and not to 'own', so there's no point in buying used CD's, as it doesn't really benefit the artist directly.

post #5 of 7

If you really want to support an artist go see them live and buy CDs/records at the shows.  If you can't see them live buy directly from their website.

post #6 of 7
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I go to concerts pretty often, and have occasionally picked up music there. Do they get much more money if you buy their music at concerts?

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Originally Posted by Radioking59 View Post

If you really want to support an artist go see them live and buy CDs/records at the shows.  If you can't see them live buy directly from their website.

 

So I asked one of my favorite artists, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats about this on Twitter. He posted a great response on tumblr: http://johndarnielle.tumblr.com/post/47019871450/so-people-ask-me-this-sometimes-and-i-appreciate


Edited by Calexico - 4/3/13 at 8:52am
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I go to concerts pretty often, and have occasionally picked up music there. Do they get much more money if you buy their music at concerts?
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Originally Posted by Radioking59 View Post

If you really want to support an artist go see them live and buy CDs/records at the shows.  If you can't see them live buy directly from their website.

So I asked one of my favorite artists, John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats about this on Twitter. He posted a great response on tumblr: http://johndarnielle.tumblr.com/post/47019871450/so-people-ask-me-this-sometimes-and-i-appreciate

I think they do since you are buying directly from them and not from a store.
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