Written by The Weekend Vote
Published: August 1, 2014 at 7:29 PM [UTC]
I hope so! It's one way to support excellent musical artists and their work, while also growing your library with inspiring music, whether you have a digital or physical library.
These days there are so many ways to buy albums, whether you are getting MP3s or physical CDs: Amazon, CD Baby, iTunes, etc. And if you get actual physical CDs, you can enjoy the pretty little booklets with program notes and photos!
For this week's poll, let us know how many recordings you've purchased in the last year, whether they be digital or physical. If you have bought digital recordings as individual tracks, you can count eight tracks as one "album." Also, be sure to tell us in the comments about recent recordings you have enjoyed, and about what kind of technology you are using for listening these days.
Since January, I've picked up nine violin CDs, including a whole pile of Ehnes playing Bartok, a couple of Schneiderhan concerti, and most recently, Grumiaux's Corelli Sonatas Op. 5.
Over the years between me and my husband, we have built a pretty good music library at home. My husband is still buying CDs on monthly basis mostly from Arkivmusic. I tend to purchase music on iTunes and CDs at concerts.
YouTube and live streaming are all great way to taste and sample something, very much like library books. They help me to purchase wisely.
I play music on ipod a lot as I walk everywhere. I also play them on computers frequently because often I can listen and work at the same time.
I subscribe to Rhapsody which enables me to listen to a lot of good music. I would estimate that they have about 50% of the music I want to hear. The service is great because I can transfer music to up to three devices, which includes my MP3 player, and my daughter's, and I can also log in from my tablet and then play it through my Bluetooth speakers wherever I am. Presumably artists get some piece of the action from a service like Rhapsody, although I can imagine it's pretty small. I also use my computer and tablet to listen to internet radio because broadcast reception in my area is not very good. I don't know what kind of royalty anyone gets from that, but my use of those services is completely legit. I spend $15 a month on Rhapsody, the equivalent of an album a month. If there are other things I want, then I usually buy the MP3s on Amazon, I probably spend another $100 a year that way. I also support live music such as Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and our area gets a lot of good live chamber music and solo recitals through the Virginia Tech Center for the Arts and through Musica Viva of Southwestern Virginia. We probably see 8-10 ticketed recitals and concerts a year. Not to mention local jazz groups and other bands that we see on a cover-charge (or tips) basis at the small handful of bars in Blacksburg that feature live music. Buskers always get a buck from me, a fiver if they're good. Yes I do also look on YouTube and watch things there. I like to look at videos about violin-making because I think that's fascinating, and I like to show my daughter some violin videos so that she can see how various techniques are done and see -- not just hear -- how various pieces are played, at the request of her teacher. I have purchased videos of Hilary Hahn and Anne-Sophie Mutter as well. And please don't forget how much money many of us parents are paying to local professional musicians for our kids' lessons. That is a very expensive proposition, not to mention the instruments and sheet music and accessories that we have to buy, and we register for Blue Ridge Suzuki Camp every year, and that's run by local and regional professionals who presumably earn a stipend for teaching there. So even though i stream most of my music through Rhapsody, I don't think I'm a cheapskate or a culture thief or whatever other grand epithets you might have reserved for me, and I respectfully suggest that you direct your righteous indignation toward your own vices, whatever they may be.
Steal is always hard to defend so I'd say it's morally wrong to steal, but the more interesting issue that Paul touched upon is whether we are supposed to act morally all the time. This is a very difficult question to answer.
Also, when it comes to copyright, there is a thing called "fair use" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use) as a way to strike some sort of balance. The concept is not so clear cut but the thinking behind is pretty obvious: copyright is a complicated matter that it is subject to limitations.
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