Der Online-Rolling Stone macht auf einen äußerst lesenswerten Artikel in der Denver Post aufmerksam – es geht um die zunehmende Menge an frei im Internet erhältlichen mp3s und um die Bands, die über virtuelle Mund-zu-Mund-Propaganda bekannt(er) werden:
Imagine a nameless bandit dumps a trash bag of $1 bills from the top of Republic Plaza. People gather below, stuffing their pockets gleefully. No one knows whose money it is, or even who is dumping it, but a dollar is a dollar, right?
A dollar is also roughly the price of an MP3 on iTunes, and the amount of potential revenue musicians lose when their songs are illegally downloaded or given away for free.
Like the crowd scrambling through the shower of dollar bills, no one person feels responsible. Why pay for MP3s when they are there for the taking, virtually risk free?
The surprising answer from many bands: You don’t have to pay or feel guilty. In fact, the people dumping the cash from the top of the building might be the artists themselves. For an increasing number of acts, free or illegal downloads are a promotional tool more valuable than money.
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