Thursday, 9 June 2011

Illegal Downloading - thoughts?

The new album you’ve been waiting for just came out, you’re instantly struck with a decision, whether to pay for your copy or to illegally download it.  There are definitely more personal advantages towards illegally downloading the entire discography of your favourite band or artist... but how many people will still pay money for what can easily be downloaded for free?

Would it really affect the artist if you took one or two songs?  Probably not beings as the amount of money they get per song/album is a mere 7.5% of the price it was sold at; taking Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’ as an example, which has sold around 1,921,000 copies so far, would have earned about $28,366,474.23.  If one million of those copies had been illegally downloaded instead of being bought it would have made $1,019,991.77 instead.  For someone as big as Lady Gaga I’m sure no one would cry themselves to sleep about her if she didn’t make up that extra million dollars, but if it was your favourite unknown artist who gets by with 20,000 album sales would you feel bad knowing that they had to get by with those earnings until their next album?  That is the reality of the effect of illegal downloading on the music industry.

I’d say the idea of illegal downloading started when cassette players were invented, people would make each other mix tapes by illegally copying the audio onto a new tape with only the cost of the tape to worry about.  It was so easy to do and being as they were eventually designed to be able to copy and record cassettes, the music industry was unknowingly asking for file sharing to start happening.

The way the government has chosen to combat this is an extreme one; their weapon of choice is the ‘Digital Economy Bill’.  This means that if you’re caught illegally downloading music they can either slow your internet down or stop your household’s connection completely after sending you a series of warnings of them doing so.  I’m not sure that neither tampering with your right to information nor scaring people out of illegally downloading is the right way to go about stopping it.  If it was me with no internet because I had been caught, it wouldn’t make me want to buy music at all.  It’s definitely making me watch mine and my family’s internet usage though.

I’m not confident in thinking that the government know where they’re going with the Digital Economy Bill; the way it’s been thought/set out makes it sound like they’re using it as their final stage against illegal downloading rather than just one of the many steps needing to be taken.  It’s just a weapon of fear initially, in thinking they can down and out illegal downloading in one punch; I’m sure that all it’s going to do is annoy a lot of people.

What I’m certain of is that this won’t stop people from stealing music off of the internet.  Technology is always advancing with different ways to help people to hide themselves from being caught, as well as sly ways of replacing someone else’s internet identity with your own.  Basically, at this stage, it’s way too late to eliminate illegal downloading.

As a person who’s hoping to become a part of the music industry, everything that I’ve mentioned in this blog is quite a scary aspect to take in, thinking that there are people out there who will end up stealing your life’s work from you without giving it a second thought.  It’s hard to except that as well as have big ambition for where your career could take you, thought there are plenty of things I could get myself into in the music industry that doesn’t have illegal downloader’s circling you like vultures.

The effect of illegal downloading on the recording industry in the future? Well some people are saying that it’ll be the death of it, but in terms of how many people are listening to music there are more than ever.  In this respect the record industry is thriving, music is everywhere these days and there are definitely more ways of making money from it.  Besides, the death of the industry has been predicted many times before with things like the invention of radio: artists thought that no one would want to go and see them live since they could listen to it for free on the radio, but they were of course wrong too!  So we might not be saying good bye to illegal downloading anytime soon, but neither will we be saying it to the music industry too.

Tuesday, 3 August 2010


I thought I'd dedicate this blog to public transport and how I love hate it so.  Sitting on a bus for half an hour with what I can only describe as a smelly, possible cyborg (he had a switch, on the back of his head, D:)  isn't exactly the highlight moment that I'd like to remember about my day at midnight.  Just reminiscing about the stench that came from him.  Also the moment when someone opened the window, for a second a feeling of relief, but then realising it's only wafting the smell into my face quicker and stronger, ugh, the horror.  

Waiting for buses is the most annoying thing in the world too.  I could have ran a few hundred marathons (slowly I might add, I'm very unfit) in the time I've waited for them in my life-time.  Seriously so bad.  I can't count the amount of awkward conversations people have tried having with me to pass the time.  "Isn't the weather..." "Oh Birmingham Children's Hospital..." "Just LOOK at her tattoo's...".  Please stop.

(I'm not anti-social I swear)

Such a negative blog! Must dash though, going to London in the morning, 6am wake up call (as if).

Final thoughts: Google Chrome's spell-checker's a verrrryyyyy nice touch,

look at this sandwich 

(How impressive)

+ also this kitten dressed as a frog.



Saturday, 31 July 2010

Everyone's dropping like flies!

So I've just made my most recent discovery, after helping my five-year-old sister make her own 'Lolly Pop Lady Stick', that she's exactly four A4 sheets of paper high.  Why is this relevent to everyone dropping like flies? It's not, it's just the amazement of how much has changed about her that led me to think about how much has changed elsewhere since last year. 

Everyone's all grown up; moving out, going to uni, getting careers.  It's scary thinking that I haven't even touched upon those things, that it's time to become a proper adult, yet somehow exciting. I don't know.

I just miss last summer, not a care in the world.

Jen Babes <3

Oh well, enough rambling, time to eat some uncut bed, nom <3 

Friday, 30 July 2010


So yay!  I finally get what this is all about, that's my accomplishment today I guess.  Well today/last night, I was DETERMINED to get it.  That might make me seem a bit daft, especially as I started this post with "so yay", so ignore that!

(New paragraph = new start)  I woke up this morning and craved responsibility, or change, or something!  The most responsibility I've gained in a whole 18 years of life seems to genuinely be a tank of sea-monkeys?  Seriously?   Well I s'pose myself as well but I think that's where the need for change comes along; I want to take responsibility and a half for myself.  

I'm kind'a on the waiting list for this music course which I applied late for and have the consequences, which is fine but it means that I can't apply for jobs that I want or other crazy courses just in case I get on this one.  It's very silly and I'm over-reacting but I'm going crazy waiting, hence the need to write this.  It's taken me all night to not only figure out how to use this but also why I need it.  To stop me from going insaneeeee.

So yeah... yay!

Now here's a video of a kitten.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

So I'm new at this...

I'm not quite sure what to say in a blog, from what I gather though it's just a lot of meaningless thoughts put together in fancy wording.  I don't think this is a very good start.  My point is that I'm not sure of what things people want to read about; so I'll keep my first post quite short.

I just want a place to put all my thoughts down, in a very spontaneous and meaningless fashion, much like how I ended up signing up for 'Blogger'.

I don't mind if no one reads this, but if anyone does can they please tell me what on earth a 'Label' is?!