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About digital rights, environmentalism, etc.

July 15, 2003

Most of the music that I download from Napster, Kazaa, et al, are obscure, live or bootlegged songs by artists whose CDs I already own. I also occasionally used P2P clients as tasters for new artists. I might read about an artist somewhere, and want to try out their music. Alternately, I might try an artist that I'd been aware of for a long time, but never bothered checking out. Thanks to file-sharing programs, I've discovered:

  • Dave Matthews Band
  • Anne Sofie Von Otter
  • John Mayer
  • Jess Klein
  • Gemma Hayes
  • Gillian Welch

In all of these cases, I've gone on to buy CDs by these artists. Most recently I purchased this Jess Klein album and this John Mayer album, both of which are excellent. They kind of guilt buys, because I've been enjoying their MP3s for a while. Ms. Klein, especially, could probably use the $1.20 that she gets from my purchase. 


10:40:29 PM        Music The Commons