Originally Posted by MaxFTW
It may sound silly but i dont feel comfortable with buying music, ....
Agreed. I used to buy CDs very regularly. With the CD, I owned a copy of the music and could do as I saw fit for personal use -- burn a backup copy, rip it to my PC, copy it to another device...like an MP3 player.
With the RIAA's emphasis on attacking even valid re-purposing by a purchaser for individual use and trying to get people to buy single-user listener rights to a track on just one device type (and rebuy for other device types), I stopped caring about purchasing. Instead, I listen to the radio or stream from free sites. The labels and the RIAA anti-pirated their way out of my business...and instead of getting more of my money, they now get none.
They want to have their cake and eat it too. Did I buy the physical track or just license it for my use? They would say the latter, but when I called a label and said that an old CD aged to the degree that it was now transparent and no longer playable, they said that I needed to buy it again. Wait, I thought that I bought a license for use. Now you are acting like I just bought a physical copy. If I bought the physical copy, then I am free to do with it what I want, right...including burning backup copies. Oh wait, I'm not allowed to do that because I didn't really buy a physical copy, I just bought a license for personal use. Well then, I still have that license, please replace my physical copy. Guess what they said.
Yeah, I'm not naive...and I didn't expect anything different than their response. It was just an experiment. They are greedy s***bags who will do whatever is necessary to get as much of your money as possible...but they can count me in the group that will no longer ever give them a dime. The last album that I bought was free to download and then "pay what you want". I did pay...and it went directly to the artist.