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Monday, July 18, 2005

iTunes Passes 500 Million Downloads - A New Era of Better Music?

Yesterday, iTunes had it's 500 millionth download. Does this bode well for legal music downloads? I think it does. I see it as a win-win situation.

Ever since music was able to be illegaly downloaded myriads have flocked to those springs of free illegal music. However, it is obvious that this can't continue.

If it does, we may not lose artists now, but we may lose the ones that are up and coming.

Now, I'm not going to go into the ethics of downloading illegal music is. . . don't worry I think we've (including myself) all have been guilty of it sometimes, but I think that this new era of downloading from your computer is excellent news for music fans.

"And why is that?", you ask. Well here it is: I and millions of other people don't like to pay $18-25 (Canadian) for a cd only to really like 2,3, maybe 4 songs.

The rest is just filler or borderline garbage that Ii don't want to listen to. If you don't think people agree with me then why else do people download illegaly?

Yes, it's free, but it gives the downloader freedom to choose what songs to download instead of being forced to pay for crap he'll never listen in his life again.

Now, don't get me wrong. There are artists out there who put out killer albums and those are the great musicians, however, there are artists who put an album out with like 2 hit songs.

So, where does all this legal downloads play in. Well, you see it forces the musician to make quality music. Why? Because if he makes a crappy song who's gonna buy it (besides some who have poor music quality) - NO ONE!!

You, see this new era forces a musician to make better music and we reap the benefits of good music while the musician starts to rake in the money.

Of course, this can only be possible if the only way to download music is legally.

Looking farther into the future . . .could this be the way we can download our favorite tv shows?

All in all I'm embracing this new era and hope you are too.

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