People out there don't the money or the experience in order to buy or find a website to find free music. I understand the artists don't make enough money, but can't they make money another way? I mean if they are really a good artist, they would have sold out concerts. But if they don't, they don't deserve to be an artist. Music is meant for people to enjoy, not to punish people so that they can't buy the music they love. You know, poor people need music too!
Music should be free because some people can not afford to buy and listen to it. If it is free on YouTube or the radio the why not make it free all the time. Artist are making enough money as it is so they can make it free and it wont effect them. I think that music should be free.
More people will listen to music if it is free. Artist already make enough money so they don't need to sell it on devices. Artist would be more popular as well. If people can listen to it for free on the radio or YouTube then why can't they any other time?
Musicians make money from royalties, advances, playing live, selling merchandise, and licensing fees for their music. If music is free, the only downfall would be them living slightly less luxuriously. We would be saving tons of money ourselves. Just think about it. Four hundred songs bought from iTunes is over $400 spent. I understand that they've put a lot of effort into their work, so there should be an option to instead pay for the song/album as a donation. And for those who say "making music free means music is worthless" think of it this way. Are hugs from your mother or kisses from a partner free? Yes. Are they worthless? Far from it.
Again most modern music artists are rich and swimming in boatloads money. Most are corrupt and in it just for the money and fame. Concerts generate lots of money and should be more often in smaller towns of fans. Most kids think downloading music is "free" so they download it and get their parents in trouble and lose access to the internet.
A true musician produces music because they love it, not because they're hoping to make money off of it. I stongly feel that music should be free because, as an artist myself, I believe that it is more of a beautiful hobby than a career. And also, as a socialist, I believe free music could easily be plausible in a socialist society.
I can see where people would think that it being free would be good, but is it honestly? Artists have to pour money out of their pockets to make music, and if they're not getting paid anything then they have to pay to do what they love. Sure things like sports have to be paid for and people may love doing those, but think of all of the hours and other money they have to spend to be good enough to produce music. They need money to feed their family, and if they don't have that then they're kind of screwed.
Artist are already making a ton of money. So why do they need more? Song writers make money by writing songs. If we pay them with music then they'll be getting more unessasary money. We, The fans, Pay for concerts and merch. So it needs to be free! Thank you!
There are many arguments on if music should be free but I’d like to present some facts that may change some people’s minds. First of all, The music industry relies mainly on touring currently. It used to be you went on a tour to promote an album but now it is releasing an album to promote a tour. Albums are just a small fraction of income. Why do many artists go YEARS without releasing albums yet are often touring non stop. If they were truly such cash cows you might imagine there would be coming out yearly or every other year. Secondly, It is so much easier to record at home. Say 20-30 years ago you recorded an album. A studio would have to be found and rented out with engineers and producers. All this can be done at home now. All the artist needs is the equipment and software and even equipment can be rented. Finally physical media is becoming obsolete. Downloads and streaming is more popular than going out and getting a CD or Vinyl LP. Those should be bought with money so the artist can afford to manufacture more off of the product (it can cost $8-10 to manufacture 1 record alone). However it should not cost money to enjoy art. Are you going to charge everyone who looks at a paintings $9. 99 just to look at it? Most people would scoff at that idea because it’s absolutely ludicrous. The same should apply for music. Careers should be made of of the merchandise and other assorted products and not the art being presented.
Music SHOULD in fact be free because why pay to sense something sure you can pay to eat but paying for music. . . That's like paying to smell or see something that you want to smell/see. Yes the artist will not make as much money but most artist do it just to make others happy or because that's what they simply enjoy doing. We spent too much money on things today, New phones, Cars, Clothes, Etc but music should not be one of those things that we spend money on a daily, Monthly or yearly basis.
If we don’t pay money for music, the artists might lose interest in making music & the same goes for actors when people download movies for free. Then they don’t want to do concerts cause they’ve lost the interest, then the enjoyment of live music is gone. That’s my opinion
Musicians and songwriters have families they are trying to feed. Many people point to wealthy artists and say “They don’t need or deserve my money.” That is like saying “Walmart is owned by billionaires so I should be able to take whatever I want from Walmart without paying”. But, that’s not the point. Songwriters deserve to be compensated for their work. If they aren’t compensated at a reasonable level, they will quit writing songs. Less songs being created means less great songs.
Regardless of whether youre a multi platinum award winning artist, or a dude in a basement making music that only three people will ever buy, music should cost money. Music can be a life changing experience, and to not profit from that in any way would be a travesty. Should movies also be free then? Should holidays abroad be free? I dont think so. People put their hearts and souls into making music, and they should get paid for that, regardless of how bad the pay is, and trust me, the pay is bad right now.
If music were free to listen to, it probably wouldn't be so commercialized. We'd probably get many more people with genuine talent and passion for music, and the top 40 wouldn't be controlled by big labels. But what's to say about the other artists? While we have plenty of terrible musicians only in it for the money, there are more than enough artists who truly love making art. This basically goes for any art form. Not just that, but it's entertainment. We're fine with paying for a movie because we understand that it took money to make, we want entertainment, and we expect to pay for something like that. Paying for music is the same concept. Nothing can really be "free", and people need to be paid in order to continue to make things. If it were free, we'd have hardly anything to enjoy because nobody could support themselves making art.
Music is for people too listen to yes, BUT they people that make the songs should get paid for there work, did you guys know studio time costs A LOT of money for famous singers and if they don’t sell there music at a price, ticket prices will go up causing less people to go. Which means they get less money. How would you like that?
Music is one thing people across the world enjoy. How would it be fair to the artist if millions of people listened to music without getting paid? Even though is would be nice to have this available people should consider the artists point of view as well. People should have to pay for music under any circumstance, it is like a job.
Music is, at its core, something people produce. Everyone in our economy deserves to be compensated for their efforts. That is the essence of survival. Musicians are NOT greedy - at the very least, they are no more greedy than anyone else. If you simply argue that musicians should be paid when they make a record, and not be compensated every time it is sold, for years and years. That's fine - what about another "product"? You pay every time you eat food. Maybe you then feel that Burger King should have been paid when it invented the Whopper, but not paid for every Whopper being sold in the ensuing decades - they should be free.... That is ridiculous.
Why? Every Whopper is it's own unique item of food. Every Whopper you eat gives you nourishment and fuel. Music is nourishment and fuel for your soul, for your emotions, the essence of beauty in your lives. Every time you listen to Bohemian Rhapsody, it nourishes your soul. It reminds you of your first kiss as the song was playing. It reminds you of the movie "Wayne's World" and the scene in the car. When you buy that song for 99 cents, you are paying ahead for listening to it hundreds and thousands of times. You are rewarding Queen, and their families, for the contributions they made to your lifelong happiness.
The "free" hug you get from your mom that reminds you of her love for you is not "free". It is a symbol of years of blood, sweat and tears that you and her put in to developing your relationship. IT is a symbol of her love for you - paid for in sleepless nights, hundreds of hours spent concerned for your well being.
Pay for music people! Musicians deserve to be compensated for their contributions to your lives. Even when you listen to it on the radio - advertising pays for it. Even though a small, minuscule amount of money makes it back to the musicians, it all adds up.
I've been practicing for three years to become a musician, and if I saw a song that I had made being set as 'free' on ITunes/ Spotify/ etc., I would be dearly upset.
Musicians cram their music with their own soul, so they can live a decent life! Middle class musicians don't have an easy life, unless they sell their music and soul to big record labels (as if the devil himself), and then the musicians life would be like hell, if they haven't already drunk or medicated the pain away. Even then, there are suicides and homicides from other musicians in the news! It will become a hurricane of madness to them!
So simply, if they ask people to pay for their songs, even if its just a dollar, they will have a job, a fun one in fact!
Also, musicians are NOT ENTITLED to being greedy with money. They have lives of their own. They need food, water, and a shelter like everyone else! And even more so if that musician has a family! They chose this over more successful jobs, like a doctor, because they wanted to have fun and freedom.
Like say a person was a doctor, and enjoyed it, and then the hospital they were working at was losing money, cutting his paycheck. Their life would be unstable and financially broken. They'd have to go to a larger, more successful hospital. Then that hospital business would shove that person away after so long, just for someone with a little more experience. Their heart, and life, would be shattered. They'd probably never want to do it again, and go for a less exciting job with helped them more financially.
Would you, who wanted free music for fun and giggles, do that to a musician, if you saw the pain and hard work they strived for so long?
Artists put time and money into making music for our enjoyment, they should at least make a little money off of it. Music is also in a way more organised and non add filled way if you buy it yourself, Getting it for free can also be virus filled and cost you more money than actually buying the music.
I've met many musicians on tour, and almost all of them are scraping by trying to get enough money from a gig just to fill the tank with gas to make it to the next gig. Some live in their cars (i.E. They are essentially homeless). Then there are those that can't tour, due to other responsibilities such as raising children or taking care of an ailing parent. The investment in instruments and recording gear alone is easily in the 10s of thousands of dollars. Factor in the thousands of hours of practice time, plus the many hours to write and record each song, and the wage a waitress makes with no tips starts to look like a gold mine.
Do you really think it takes 4 minutes to write and record a 4 minute song? If so, I can without error point out that you've never done it. There's less than 1% of musicians that make enough to eat from their craft, and pointing to them to make a case will never justify fu$&!^ the other 99% out of breaking even on having a bed to sleep on. YouTube isn't free, Spotify isn't free, and claiming so just exposes the ignorance that's so very rampant in society. Free to you? Maybe on the surface, ignoring what you pay a month for Internet access, and going out of your way to ignore what marketing companies are willing to pay to get your eyes looking at ads, and tracking all of your interests and habits online.
If you just flat out don't care about other people that enrich your life on a daily and often subconscious level, buck up and just state it.