Personally as a recordcollector i must say that owning music as digital files don’t intresest me the slightest, let’s face it, i love my vinyls! As of illegal downloading music, i pretty much agreed on what Barney of Napalm Death had to say in a interview with Metal Blast, it sure do hurt the small/independent bands and labels. And that is a shame i think, so support your bands, if not by buying music you can do so by go to shows or get merch. Here is what Barney had to say about the issue.
Metal Blast: Not long ago a Dutch court ordered to Internet Service Providers to block the access to The Pirate Bay. Even though this won’t stop the trading of MP3s, what’s your take on this blockage as well as MP3 sharing in general
Barney: First of all, I think that blocking, no matter what I think of anything else, is just not the right route, it can never be the right route for anything. I think that kind of extensive censorship is just wrong, under any circumstances. So that’s a very simple thing for me to answer. The MP3 trading is a little different; the only thing I would say about it is, in the case of Napalm Death, that when people start sharing the album in the first three months of its release, that’s a prime selling time. It’s not a profit time, it’s a selling time, so we can pay back the label Century Media for the money they’ve put into us, so that then they can give us more money so that we can continue doing the things that we need to do, and if they can’t do that because a large percentage of that profit is taken away due to downloads, then that’s a problem for us, no question about it. And I’m always very free and easy about a lot of things, but that does hurt us. A year after the release, no problem; also, if a kid in another country, with very limited resources… I rather that kid get the music that way than not being able to get it at all.