That’s his point — corporations make money from free downloads — and artist don’t. I’m sure it’d be a different story if Time Warner, Google, and etc weren’t profiting massively from this
I think its a manner of time though. I can’t imagine Kid A or Talking Head’s Remain of Light being made if the musicians had to juggle it with full time jobs at their local diners.
Its crazy to me how many people take personal offense to a musician who’s personally affected by these things. Why is it so offensive that an artist wants to get paid for the art he/she makes? No artist is asking to be rich — just to make a small humble living. It takes 100s, sometimes 1000s of hours to write a record — and just as long, or longer to record it. Why is it so wrong for someone who enriches our lives to get a little kick back for that enrichment? I tip my bar-tender a dollar when I buy a drink — is it that different to tip an artist a few bucks buy buying a CD or record you love? You don’t have to buy everything you hear or read about. But if you love Yo La Tengo, I think 20 bucks for a vinyl record, or 10 for a CD is pretty damn good investment. I bought my first CD when I was in 8th grade. It was Nirvana’s Nevermind and I still listen to it. Best investment of my life.
(P.S. And I found his most provocative and compelling argument to be about the massive corporations that make money on our free downloads… The websites, the people who advertise on those sites, the internet provider you pay, the idevice you use, the sites you stream music on… It is kind of the antithesis of punk and indie when the corporations can profit from it but the truly independent can’t.)