Why did I chose more bad than good? Because at the end of the day, piracy is a bad thing. Still, it has positive things, and I admit myself that I wouldn’t know as many artists as I know now if piracy didn’t exist. But the fact that piracy kills music remains.
The Bad Things:
(in alphabetical order)
1) Bad for the artists.
Only from their lives what they earn. Although back in the day, people were still into piracy, by using unwritten CDs and casettes, but it wasn’t as popular as it is nowadays. Because of this, only each artist’s loyal fans will buy his/her/their records. The rest will just download his/her/their material.
2) Bad for the music labels.
Music labels don’t gain any money from piracy as well. One day music companies might collapse, and music will be distributed exclusively via internet, if we keep things that way.
3) Bad for the music stores.
It’s a chain reaction actually. See reasons #1 and #2. Anyone who has a career based on music is financially destroyed because of piracy.
4) It’s against the music tradition.
Music tradition suggests you should go to a music store, look for albums and buy them. Downloading (or taping them in the older days) goes against the music tradition.
5) It’s illegal.
And this is coming from a guy who isn’t the lawful type. But what I notice is that many of those who are lawful (those who bow down to the law, without giving it second thoughts) download A LOT. Piracy is illegal, if nobody told you. Do you make it legal because it benefits you?
6) Losing your collection is much easier.
One day your computer might shut down permanently, so as a result you will lose all the files you had. Sure your house might be burnt down and you will lose any vinyl/CD/casette,etc. you had in your collection, but sure thing is, there are more chances of having your computer being shut down permanently, than having your house burnt down.
The Good Things:
(in alphabetical order)
1) More space in your home.
Everything is stored in a computer or in a phone. With physical albums, you have to store them in boxes, wardrobes, etc.
2) Music is more accessible.
Certainly you can discover more artists, without having to pay.
3) Music sharing is easier.
You just give the link now. Before you should invite someone at your home and play your suggestions. Or send a record by post.
4) Your collection won’t get damaged easily.
Files in your computer cannot be physically damaged, unlike vinyls and CDs where you have to take good care of them.