Music, As a tool to express emotions, To bring happiness, Why would people frame a barrier that only money could let you pass? To access to good music, When people see the price labels on its side, What will you feel? Absolutely fine with it? Hesitate or reluctant to pay for it? Or I believe most people just go on web to see if there’s free downloads but haven’t considered if that’s a legal way to get access? Yes, Charged music definitely put more and more people to go on the illegal way to access to the music. Therefore, I believe music should be free.
Well, There is plenty of music available right now. And if I have to pay for new music just by trusting an artist I will happily stick with the old is gold ones.
The point is there are two equally strong opposite sides to this debate.
1) All the top artists we know are paid too much and are greedy
They make a lot of money outside of actually selling the music and paying for their music is just like if we have to pay extra money every time we order on Amazon.
2) Musicians who are starting out really need monetary support for the content they make as they won't be able to make money through other means.
But if music becomes a paid service who is gonna spend their money on an unknown artist.
But if music is freely available through services like Spotify, New artists producing good music will be able to be get recognized faster, As that is how Spotify and youtube trends work.
Free music is better because:
It will produce better quality music
It will remain open to everyone else it will reach a state where only the rich could afford good music
The music industry will remain open to new artists, Else only the already top popular artists can get their songs recognized. And after a long time, New artists have to make their titles open and free, Which might become illegal if we move to a paid music structure.
So I think the debate is actually between two kinds of artist
1) Those who are popular and rich
2) Those who are new
The 2nd category is the one who needs support and it should have been the Music industry itself which should be solving it. But how can it be solved when they themselves are demanding a closed and paid structure to music instead of finding ways to support others in their industry which will make it harder for the newcomers!
I understand that people make a living off creating music, And that it is deemed their property, But music is bigger than that. That is like an artist making a public sculpture and charging you if you take a photo with it. . . Music is the most popular thing in the world and DMCA takes it too far not allowing you to share music on videos and streams even if you have PAYED for the music already.
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.
More people will listen to the music. People won't go to the store anymore to buy a $20 vinyl record when they could be going on Spotify or youtube to get free music. They could use YouTube, Soundcloud, Or anyother website that is available to stream free music. What do you think?
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!
I've been producing music for around half a decade now, Even the work i spend countless hours on i have no intention of trying to make people pay for it(not implying my music sucks).
If you're in the music scene to make money then please go find some other job as you just degrade and devalue true artists.
True artists are the ones who would happily make music for free just for others to enjoy it and for themselves.
Vinyl records + merch + shows + donations should be the ONLY source of revenue. Possibly even soundpacks but that starts to stray into greed territory.
As you may all know, Our favorite artist or band gets paid just for being them. They get the money from their fame, Fans and their concerts. But how do they get all of that? Well, It's from the song they wrote in their bedroom when they were young, That lasted viral for a week and that's it! They say that they worked hard on it, But don't we work hard to? After a day of hard work, All you want to do is to lay down on your couch to listen to Shan Mendes latest song with Camila Cabello, Right? I know that the artist worked "really" hard on it but they already get tons of money and are to busy buying Louis Vuitton to their kids to notice that their paycheck went down a bit. So getting a little portion of their money taken away to satisfy their fans is that of a big deal, Right? Eventually, They'll get even richer than they were before because of the number of views their latest song received.
People without money like music too but they can't afford it because it costs money. Also, If music is free more people will listen to it which will lead to more people at concerts. Artist like making music they shouldn't care to much about getting a lot of money. Thanks for reading.
Artists do make money from live shows and merchandise, but they are bi-products of the music itself. If music is free then people would not be making music for the love of music. Musicians are not the greedy ones it is you, the consumer that is greedily stealing what another person has poured there heart and soul into.
I know bands can make money through tours and music videos, but making music free is not fair to them. What about struggling musicians that are trying to get started without a label to produce their music? Expecting them to make their music without financial support is something they cannot consider.
Although it would be nice to have music for free it is not fair for the artists who are putting all their time and effort into creating it for us to not get compensated for their work. I mean if music were free then how will the musicians put food on their table?
Musician invest time, blood, sweat and tears into their music. A chef or a doctor could do the same, yet they are paid for their services. Why is it a musician is expected to take it upon themselves to offer their work for free? Musicians have to pay to make their music, then pay to try to even get it heard! It's the opposite of greedy when one spends most of their free time AFTER working a day job to practice hours on end while an average person sits around watching TV or goes partying.
I am a musician myself and I agree that music should be produced for fun/the love of music. But getting no income from record sales would influence the starters in the music world. Besides, it's hard to generate cash flow with merchandise/show and radio-play a starting musician. That's why artists should still receive money for their albums.
People seem to think that being an artist/band/musician isn't a real job. They make money from their music being sold just like food companies make money from their products being sold. Artists are no different. These people spend time and effort to produce something. On top of that, It costs money to record an album and have someone master it. To those that say that artists shouldn't be greedy and only do music because they love doing it, would you agree to being paid nothing to do your job? Making music is a job and artists should be paid because of their work just as you are paid because of your work.
Average people seem to think that money just falls out of the sky for musicians!!!!! No, they have to work for it just like everybody else!!! The more fans they have, the more they have to work!! Buying a musician's single or album is the best way to support them and make sure that they can continue to give us great art. Musicians can not always trust people to donate money to them!!! If you dont wanna buy music then don't but NEVER STEAL IT.
The artists that go through the time and hard work writing and producing their own music deserve to be paid. Although people believe that they become greedy from the amount of money they make, that isn't the case. Normally they have a family to take care of and music if their job to make money. Taking that away from them is basically taking someones job that they put their whole life into making. Yes it can be very pricey to get music after awhile so it being free would be a easy answer, but if you take your pay check away because you should be doing your job for free. It's the same as taking the money away from the music business. Plus most of the money goes back to the record label, not the artist that is creating the music in the first place.
Music isn't even expensive. I feel good knowing I own all my music. It doesn't matter if an artist is super rich. It's hilarious how people want to lessen others success. Just because an artist is rich doesn't mean they're always going to be. It's an incredibly unpredictable atmosphere. You could write a hit and then die out. Big deal 1 million people bought one ban or artists material for a dollar or ten dollars. I mean.... It's just like they're rich and I'm now giving them 99 cents or 1.29??!?! How idiotic.... If music was $1000 a song id understand, but you can get epic songs and albums that are masterpieces for pennies already... I am poor as hell but you know music is worth a lot more than 99 cents to me... So I freakin pay for it. Apparently "most artists make more off of selling t shirts".. Why not just be a t shirt sales person hahaha!!! That's hilarious.
You'll go out and buy a coffee for like £2 when you can just make it at home, for free, but you wont spend that much on music, because you can download it for free. Coffee is something that only lasts a short amount of time. Whereas you can listen to music over and over, whenever and wherever you want. Yet, you'd still rather pay for a coffee and not music.