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Kazaa’s in court. For those that are not too well versed in the battle of Kazaa, check out this link.


Kazza Must Screen Downloads For Copyright Material

I admit that I used Kazaa a few years ago. Nothing big, a few downloads to check out new artists, or music acts I couldn’t find in my local stores (that happens a lot). It works a little like this: A bunch of people belong on this network linked by a type of file sharing technology. I can download music, image or video files from you for free, and you in return can download them from me. With enough people in this network, the amount of music I can download from Kazaa users is enough to keep me busy for awhile. I eventually stopped it, because I think it was some type of spyware thing, and I eventually deleted the program.

But I will say that I am a firm believer in music downloading on the internet. Instead of making billions and billions of dollars, the music industry is just making billions of dollars. It’s kind of hard to see a group like Metallica show their lavish homes on cribs or ride around in big cars and have guitars that cost a house payment complain that people are hurting their income by downloading music.

No, I think that internet piracy keeps the artist at the top of their game. They HAVE to be good. No one wants to buy a CD with one good song on it that they can download for free. I personally used to download to check out a band’s song or two, if I liked it, I would buy the whole CD.

Why buy the CD anyway? Because I like them. I collect them. I like to read the liner notes and the lyrics in the CD booklet. I like to look at the pictures of the artist singing while I play the CD and look at the track listing and try to guess if the next song will be any good. Buying a new CD and listening to it is like a spiritual ritual to me. It never gets old, and I love listening to new music. That’s something a burned CD of downloaded music cannot do for me. (However, when someone takes the time to burn a CD for me and include a track listing, it is much appreicated.)

I use the term “artist” loosely nowadays anyway. I think my faith in today’s popular music took a major blow when I heard a song by The Black Eyed Peas titled “My Humps”. The lyrics alone made me cringe and feel sorry for today’s mall youths and wannabe aging hipsters. It hurts my head a little to think about the fact that one day when someone is looking for 00’s music in the future, they will have songs like that to speak for pop music of this decade.