The Music Pirates won

Via Andrew Sullivan, Wired magazine argues that “the age of music piracy is officially over”:

Mark down the date: The age of stealing music via the Internet is officially over. It’s time for everybody to go legit. The reason: We won. And all you audiophiles and copyfighters, you know who fixed our problems? The record labels and online stores we loved to hate.


That leaves one last war cry: Music should be free! It’s art! Friends, a song costs a dollar. Walmart has pushed some of its MP3s down to 64 cents. At Grooveshark, you can sample any song you want before you buy. Rdio charges $5 a month for all the music you can eat, served up via the cloud.

So there’s really no reason not to buy—and surely you understand by now that there are reasons why you should. When you buy instead of bootlegging, you’re paying the band.

The whole thing is here.

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  1. David Bruce Murray wrote:

    I agree with most of the article.

    The only sticking point right now is record labels that haven’t bothered to make older music available in digital format.

  2. Tom wrote:

    The key phrase here is in caps:

    “The age of stealing music VIA THE INTERNET is officially over”

    Of course, in our little world, the southern gospel music bootleggers are still busily at work, producing cheap CD-Rs of classic southern gospel CDs with cheesy bubble-jet printer quality fuzzy scans of the artwork.

    And apparently we buy it up, since the hits just keep on coming . . . .

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