Which Would You Rather Have: 100,000 Unauthorized Downloads Of Your Music... Or None?

from the just-asking dept

As a bit of a follow up to our discussion of the Canadian band (who will remain nameless) that complained vociferously that its debut album had been shared on torrent sites over 100,000 times, despite no torrents of the band being findable through any of the normal means, an interesting point has been raised:

If you're a band, would you rather your album was shared 100,000 times via unauthorized means... or is widely ignored and not shared at all?

Which do you think is a better sign of a band in trouble?

Filed Under: obscurity, piracy

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    Jason Parker (profile), 6 Apr 2011 @ 12:51pm

    100,000 potential sales

    I would SO love it if my music was torrented 100,000 times. The more the merrier!

    And AC...there's no way that it equates to 100,000 missed sales. Most people who torrent fall under two categories: those who would never buy the music anyway, and those who are looking to see if they like it before purchasing more. The former category is worthless, and the latter category are the potential fans that free downloads capture.

    That's why all my music is on Bandcamp and fully streamable before purchase. I'd much rather have people be able to listen and decide if they are fans before spending any money. This way, I know that the people purchasing my music are fans and potential long-term backers. I'll take that over one-time disappointed purchasers anyday!


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