Oh, how silly of me; I didn't notice the "BELIEVE EVERYTHING I SAY AS THE TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT" on the main page. Should I quit researching and start believing everything you said and research if people automatically believes's what Mike says? ...Oh..wait..
Strange. I must have terrible taste in music if piracy has affected the quality of it.
Anyways, when I buy a CD, I like to pay for the music, not to line the pockets of labels for promotionals, etc etc when the artist created it. $12+ for a CD when I only like a couple tracks on it and the record label bogarts most for itself? No thanks.
Some years back, I worked for this fella who created his own music, did his own editing, y'know - the whole shebang. He was widely known amongst the younger gen in the city I lived in and the town next to it - around 17-28 year olds; I loved his music myself. 7-8, sometimes 10 tracks per CD was 5 bucks a pop. If he sold it for 15, Hell I'd still buy it. Because the music was good and he got a fair share of the profits, as he also laid down tracks with other people known around the area.
Yeah, I could get iTunes and get them individually or whatever, but 1) Same scenario - label mooches most of the money. 2) I'm an old fashioned home stereo/CD player in the car guy where you play plastic CDs and tune it to your favorite radio station. I could "adapt", as Mike usually suggests for copyright trolls and such, and buy me an MP3 player or whatever platform to use iTunes, but I don't HAVE to live off of buying music. Labels do.
So, until they get their claws out of the profits they won't get much, if any, of my money. I'll take the self-published artist path.