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Sharing Music & Love

April 9, 2011

I wanna talk about sharing & downloading music. I know this isnít such a tech heavy topic or doesnít really involve programming but Iíll be adding some technical details here and there.

First off, sharing music couldnít ever be stopped. Even though programs like iTunes stop you from moving music to different machines, in the worst case scenario people will carry a sound recorder with them and record the music in the air and share it that way!



What really disappoints me is that people are forced to believe that downloading music for free is stealing from the artistís pocket. This is definitely a wrong way to look at things. In reality, almost all of the money from record sales, go to the record company. Sometimes musicians wonít even get a penny out of it because they sell the distribution copyright of their song to the record company for a small price just to be heard and gain popularity since there is A LOT of competition in the music industry. I wonít get into details on this topic but if you do some research youíll know what I mean. Finally, I donít think the record companies need to get any richer, there is still enough buyers for them to make enough money.

So what are the record companies doing to stop losing money?



They are suing the makers of these applications! The story of music sharing starts with Napst er and Kazaa . At the beginning, Napster was one of a kind and let people only share music. All their music files were stored on a central database and everyone downloaded from there. Surprisingly Metallica was the band who noticed this and sued Napster. Napster got shut down. After courts and legal problems, theyíre back in the market again however itís definitely not free music anymore.



After Napster, there was Limewire, which was different because unlike Napster, Lim ewire let users share almost any type of file rather than just .mp3 or music files. This showed that the program wasnít for ďillegally' distributing music but for sharing and transfering data faster in general. The program was written in Java allowing it to run on any OS. Unfortunately however, Limewire also got sued for copyright infringement and lost. Limewire was also using a different type of network called Peer to Peer or in short P2P. At start, law didnít know what to do or who to blame in this scenario because it wasnít a single server the songs or files were being distributed from but P2P programs were just portals to every internet userís machine.



However, since there would be no stop to distributing copyrighted material, it was decided that these programs should be banned if theyíre not obeying copyright laws.

I find the best way to actually support a musician or an artist you love is to actually go to their play or concert!

For listening the music of my favourite artists I found a new way, here is how:
Download this add-on for Firefox. Now you can download videos or music as .mp4 format from Youtube and use another program to convert them to whatever format you chose. Here is a free program that can convert .mp4 to .mp3 format.

Finally, share the music, share the love!

Update:
Since these tools are also old and now that there are newer tools on the internet for listening to music, here is a good article that lists them all: music Feel free to check it out.



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Jack wrote on April 18, 2011:

That firefox plug-in is awesome! Thanks for this article

Ryan wrote on August 31, 2011:

Whats up?

Mikey wrote on September 2, 2011:

Great article, thank you!