Question for those w/ 12" Vinyl out re : MP3
I have a question for those of you on this board who have 12" Vinyl singles out. (Akro, Sage, MrJason, Willus, Eso, etc. etc. etc.)
How do you feel about people realeasing mp3 "rips" of your vinyl onto the net? For example, I know that Lif's "Farmhand" was ripped and released out to the net..
Obviously it's copyright infringement, but I personally think that people are *more* likely to buy the vinyl if they can hear a good quality version of the track (as opposed to the 16k samples/snippets of ughh.com or sandboxautomatic..). I also really don't think too many people would be buying the vinyl just to listen to it, so I don't think it really damages sales..
What are your personal feelings on this issue? It would seem like at this stage of the game mp3s are basically like being put on a dj's mixtape.. promotion that you don't get paid for directly, but shows up in increased fanbase and "blow up factor"..
well personally I love MP3's cause I can download someones album and listen to it before I buy it so I don't waste any money on an album that I DON'T like and go support an album that I DO like. And like, I don't have any turntables(for you critics, go buy me some turntables then I'll buy vinyl)so stuff that doesn't come on tape or cd, I can listen to it on mp3. For many people, I don't think they substitue mp3's for tapes, cd's or whatever, I think its more of a listen before you buy kind of thing, unless someone burns the mp3's, then there I can see a problem. But for me personally, I consider it a good thing.
I don't have wax (yet) but I have some MP3's and the quality is NOT the same. Plus, a DJ can't freak some ZIP disk. If you like a song, you will play it more than once, so the MP3 preview should not detract from a tight album's sales.
I think anytime an artist is not getting paid on his or her music that cost then time and or money (not to mention creativity and emotions and all that) it is a shame. But you are now in tha digital age, I'm sure WAY more people "steal" music than actual sales of idie hip hop.
Realize that some are doing this FULL time and need to eat. and even if its not they are putting their time into it.
just my opinion and viewpoint