“Giving It Away: How Free Music Makes More Than Sense” by Derek Webb

There’s an interesting argument here about how Spotify is no better for artists than downloading music illegally through P2P/Bitorrent.

But giving music away for free feels, I don’t know the word…uncomfortable(?) to me. When an artist gives away music for free it’s like they’re telling the market that it isn’t worth paying for. And if it isn’t worth paying for it probably isn’t worth listening to.

Maybe that makes me short sighted. Webb addresses that approach here:

When you talk about free music, people who work in the music business will tell you you’ve gone too far. They’ll say you’re devaluing the art itself, and that once you go there, there is no coming back. I suppose I would agree if I thought that music’s only value was monetary. But I don’t.