Eric (californiasucks) wrote,

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RIAA = Raping Innocent American Adolescents

There's not a whole lot special about my room, but one thing you would notice if you saw it was that one whole side of the room seems to be taken up by CDs. I have one of those CD tower things, plus a bunch of CDs that wouldn't fit in there are strewn about this small table next to my bed. Under my bed I have three or four CD carrying cases of varying capacity, all in use. And then of course, piled next to my CD player are the CDs that I happen to be listening to that day. Down in the garage I think I have another boxful of CDs I haven't listened to in a long time. The point is, I have a ton of CDs. I keep buying them regularly, and come to think of it, that's about all I buy. I'm not a real materialistic guy, but music is something I just can't get enough of.

I also download music least three or four times a week. It's how I keep up with the music scene, especially the part of the scene neglected by radio and MTV. It's how I find out whether a song I heard is reflective of the rest of the album it's on, or whether it's the band's only good song. It's what makes me an informed consumer, not a criminal. And time and time again it's helped me discover great new bands. It's what actually gets me through the door of the record store to purchase those CDs I have everywhere.

Before the RIAA goes beyond the college students and 12-year-old kids and starts filing lawsuits against blind kids and children with terminal illnesses (and lets not forget the in utero lawsuits), maybe they should consider that in some ways allowing people to download music freely can be a great marketing tool. They should consider providing their consumers with a product that is so inspiring and entertaining from start to finish that they would be crazy not to purchase it. And they should consider that the more they attack their consumers with threats and lawsuits, the less likely it is that those consumers will support the artists that they represent.
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