• Sanhita Das

    I am not sure if there is at all a solution to the problem. But it should be a combined effort of regulatory authorities and the recording companies. During my school days, I remember buying cassettes of Shania Twain and Celine Dion and many others with 125 rupees each that to after fighting with my parents. With the advent of CD’s, the price got raised to somewhere to 350- 450 rupees. Thus I had to reduce buying them. I loved listening to them, which means I would have to either stop listening or spend my pocket money (I was in college ) on just one CD in 3 months.

    I chose to listen instead and even after 10 years I cherish those same songs and I listen to them frequently

    On the other hand, what you are saying is also true, that convenience has made music cheap. So that is where regulatory bodies come into picture, encouraging websites like Youtube and others, where music of good quality (not just ‘hook’ numbers) can be accessed at reasonable prices. I am not confident, whether this will bring the entire issue of piracy down, but yeah it will surely make things better

    Again music is a commodity which rightfully belongs to rich and poor alike. Artists cannot discriminate between listeners based on their economic status.

    Music serves a different purpose for different people. For some people, it is to ease their mind while they do monotonous chores, which does not mean they are not music lovers. It is just that passive listening helps them to do their work

    • 54uv1k

      One addendum to your otherwise good understanding of the scenario

      “So that is where regulatory bodies come into picture, encouraging websites like Youtube and others, where music of good quality (not just ‘hook’ numbers) can be accessed at reasonable prices. I am not confident, whether this will bring the entire issue of piracy down, but yeah it will surely make things better.”

      For exposure, they are okay mediums. These mediums like YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, etc. are not good for critically listening – even for immersing oneself for the sake of entertaining. They have replaced the radio. While radio served as a good medium to expose a person to the new stuff, the listener always invested in tapes for what they thought was worth their money (I am talking about the poor village kids with whom I played in my childhood days).