The other day I wrote a short piece in which I noted that I buy all my music, and do not download it from the internet unless it is something out-of-print and not available. Today, there is a very very interesting post and reply tothat post on the LondonJazz website that I think everyone interested in this topic should read and think about:
Clearly I am with the original author, Jack Davies, on this. I think the response is off-base and naive. I do not think people will pay for what they can get for free if that is their mindset, I don't think giving away music is a good marketing move to increase one's "tribe" and customers at a show, and I believe that taking music for free is analogous to walking off from a brick and mortar Barnes and Noble with a book. Why is it okay to get music for free over the internet but not books? No one seems to suggest that as an option to buying a book. Finally, as more and more people buy music on the internet, and now get free downloads, we will see the demise of music stores and the comunity they create.
Please read the column for yourself, and let others know about it as well -- it is both well-written and well thought out (as is the response), but also a very important topic of great concern for the music industry in general and jazz music in particular.