Originally Posted by BloodoftheKings
I download albums sometimes but I don't think it's generally an ok thing to do. One thing I will say is that there's plenty of artist that I have bought albums/tickets from who I never would have gotten into in the first place if I never pirated their music.
I have to agree with that comment. I haven't (illegally) downloaded a song for close to ten years but back in the early days of Napster I was unemployed, depressed, and bored out of my mind. I was able to download everything by the Melvins and Sigur Ros (at the time, early 2001) and being able to hear that music I wouldn't have otherwise had any way to helped me out a lot. Those two bands have come to be two or my all-time favorites and I don't know if I would have gotten into them otherwise. And over the years I bought all the stuff.
Times have changed, the music industry has to adapt unfortunately. They seem to be doing a good job. Things aren't as bleak as they were ten years ago.