I’m sure most average college students download music – I’m one of them. When prices hover around fifteen bucks per CD, we’d rather use that money to see a band play live. Or, you don’t want the whole CD and $0.99 for one song on iTunes isn’t the best solution. (Those songs use DRM and aren’t the greatest quality.)
Ever since I could drive, I’ve gone to concerts (at least once a year). There’s something about hearing the band play live that just doesn’t match on CD.
Where am I going with all this?
I think being able to download CDs has only helped me appreciate music even more. The radio caters towards the mainstream band, whereas services like Last.fm, Pandora, and PureVolume recommend more unknown music.
A friend would recommend a band. (Chico, I’m talkin about you, man!) Since it’s hard to request specific songs from the services mentioned above, I resort to downloading a torrent for it.
I’ll listen to it more than a few times, because sometimes an album has to grow on you.
If I still have it on my iPod after a month, I’ll put it in queue for purchase in the near future.
With commerce sites like Half.com, eBay, and Amazon.com, you really don’t need to buy CDs through B&M stores, especially with the overhead costs. (Speaking of which, I should make a wish list at Half.com.)
I’m sure someone’s gonna call me out on this, but whatever. Before, I’d download without another thought to buying the album legitimately. That’s not the case for me anymore.
How do you feel about all this? What have your experiences been?