questionsmusic pirates: how much do you spend annually on…

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What is this piracy thing you speak of, people would never think about stealing copyrighted material.

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A few hundred dollars at least. I go to concerts as often as I can (probably around 20 in the past 12 months) and I almost always buy merch. If I find a CD at a good price or an exclusive digital album/ song fairly priced, I'll go for it.

I'm an unemployed student, so money's understandably tight. Most anything I do pirate, I have some plan to buy in the future. And I've done it before. Back before CD shops were incredibly rare, I'd find a ton of CDs for $5 or under. I'll grab those in a heartbeat. At least 40% of what I bought during those periods (around 300-500 CDs while one shop was across the street) were CDs I had downloaded.

If I had the money, I would happily spend it on music. But honestly, I'd rather go to a show and hand a band member a $10 bill, as opposed to buying a digital version or a physical CD from a third party. Through shows, most bands have a higher profit margin/ item than if I buy it online.

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I used to spend a lot on music, 2-300/year.

But now with Pandora and Grooveshark and SoundCloud, hardly anything. Maybe buy something from a local band but that's it.

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As a dj, I used to spend $100-$300 per month on music. I stopped doing that after about 10 years in the biz, when Napster was in it's heyday. Now I buy less than 10 CDs per year, the music industry got enough of my money. I DO attend at leas 2 concerts per year with my wife these days, I prefer to spend money on those.

The ONLY people I feel guilty about ripping off are the song writers.

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I will download and freely share music I am interested in or want to expose others to, but I will also make every effort to support artists that I like. I would much rather buy tickets to see of merchandise from an artist than give money to a record label. The exception here is independent and local labels.

I did just spend close to $200 on these: http://tinypic.com/m/fep8bb/4

Front row center FTW!

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I am pretty content listening to Pandora (but I don't pay for it so in a sense it is pirating unless you consider me hearing the commercials to be a form of payment). I have downloaded music illegally but if the music is worthwhile at all, I'll buy the CD (I have a few CD's I've bought but never listened to since I already had the mp3's). Usually, this is because the mp3's are available before the CD comes out. I have also downloaded a lot of live music that isn't available on retail CD's. I have gigabytes of music downloaded from further that is supposedly 100% legal (all live concert performances) but only select musicians are available.

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I pirate majority of my music. Only because I have had so much music stolen from me over the years that I can't justify buying them personally.
I do still buy albums from bands that I know and love. Some bands I will gladly give my money to.

I do go to a ton of concerts though so the bands that I really enjoy get my money from tickets and merchandise. I spend probobly a good thousand a year on concerts, albums, and Blu-Ray/DVD's

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I stopped pirating music (and software) about two years ago. When I was still pirating, I didn't pay for anything. Now I spend maybe $80-$100 a year, all on itunes.

There just isn't that much that I would want that I don't already have. In fact, if I hadn't discovered Vocaloid in 2010, I'd probably spend around $20 per year on music.

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I stopped pirating about 2 years ago, decided the risks weren't worth taking.

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The only thing I would download without buying is something that's long out of print and unreasonably expensive.

For example, I have every Smashing Pumpkins single from the original run. A lot of those either aren't available anywhere, or are around $40+. That's a bit unreasonable in my current stance.

If something is THAT difficult to find legally (and there's tons and tons of other examples), then I'll do what I can. I'll put the effort out there, and my 800+ CDs and my small LP collection would probably agree.

Still, in the end, I buy enough to feel comfortable. I support the bands I like, make my best effort to see them live and buy the music when I can

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I spend next to nothing on music.

I have Pandora or the radio when I want to listen most of the time. If I'm looking for a specific song, youtube usually has me covered.

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I only buy music from artists I really really really support. Other than that, I spend in the 1-2k range on concerts/festivals/merchandise.

Edit: Might even be more than that when you include the travel fees associated with the festivals/concerts, but that doesn't support the music industry.

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I buy one or two cds a year, so about 20 bucks on those, then 30-40 or so shows at an average of 15 bucks each.

So about 500 bucks a year

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@thedogma: This is a very good point: I make a point of checking Amazon's $5 mp3 albums list every month, and I'll buy any albums I've previously pirated and enjoyed. Outside of concert tix and merch, Amazon mp3 is easily where most of my music money is spent.

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I don't buy much music at ALL. I'm not all that impressed with the songs I hear on the radio, to auto-tune-ish. When I hear songs I like, I go to youtube and look for covers. I can usually find covers that are better than the originals. I also really enjoy mashups. For example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGEWETWCI1U
You can't buy these, as they are user created.
I feel like artists should make money doing shows and things like that. If you can't sing live, don't ask me to spend my money on your fake voice on a CD, ya know?

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I pirate quite a bit of music and spend $800 to $1,000 annually on tickets, albums, band merchandise at shows, etc.

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I may or may not have pirated music many years ago... Ironically, that was the time of my life when I was spending a lot of money music - probably $200 at the music store, as much or more at the ticket booth.

Now, I don't pirate anything and I spend less than $20 a year on music (almost all of that at amazon mp3). I'm almost always near wifi and I use pandora then (but not enough per month to need a subscription) and when I'm not, I listen to the radio or my old music library.

The music lives! The old recording industry is dead.

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I used to pirate while I was in college, now I don't anymore. Like others have said the risk outweighs the reward, not to mention I have more disposable income now.

I purchase most everything through Amazon Mp3. I do use Pandora a lot, but as I come across stuff I really like on Pandora, I purchase the album. So, I guess you could say I use streaming services to expand my artists/genres. If I had to guess, I spend about $100-$200 a year on music.

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Wow. 1,000 to 2,000 on concert tickets. I suppose that's not too hard to do at 80 - several hundred dollars for a ticket. Obscene money these days to go see a live act.

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@chezteladog: Tickets to Ultra Music Festival this year were what? $400?

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On shows alone I'd say an easy $500 but I'm a 311 fan and they have at least 1 huge event every year.

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$0.00. Haven't spent a penny on music in over 10 years!!!!! Yeah :)

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@thedogma: If artists would sell direct instead of through big name stores, itunes or the like, it would be a different story, but then they could charge $2 or $3 for a complete album. Instead you have middle men (people) up the wazoo taking their share and ripping off the consumer and the artists. If would improve bottom lines if they lowered prices across the board because people would have less incentive to copy (pirate) from other people. Corporate greed isn't the only issue. You also have the artists that want their hundreds of millions of dollars also.

Capitalism is an imperfect system, even the mixed system we have isn't much better than pure capitalism. So as long as you have tremendous greed and and ever increasing hourglass society, you're going to have piracy and no long term solution is possible since there is always a way around it.

For those of you that are afraid of being caught, don't. Just be smart and learn how to protect yourself so no one can tell, it's easy.

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Last year, I gave Beatport close to $500.

Most of my "pirated" music is freebie stuff that DJs and producers post in various sites as promotional stuff. There are tons of really good EDM/IDM doods that are trying to show their work to the public, because making it is something they enjoy and they want to share it. They're not worried about money so much as publicity.

If I do hit Mediafire or Zippyshare or Clubland, it's usually just to check out a few tracks by an artist. If they're good, I'll probably go buy their entire discography. If they're not, I delete the stuff from my computer.

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I usually only get music when Amazon gives me free MP3 credits.

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I spend about $80-$100 a year on music in the form of CDs, never on iAids. For example from February2010-Feb2011 I bought:

Noah and the Whale's 3rd CD
Both Florence + The Machine Albums (Lungs and Ceremonials)
Ellie Goulding - Lights
Plan B - The Defamation of Strickland Banks
2 Oasis Albums (What's the Story (Morning Glory)) + Time Flies
The Chris Moyles Parody Album

I spent close to $100 and plan to get Flo Rida's newest CD, Chiddy Bang's new CD and Ellie Goulding's CD coming out later this year as well as Oasis's Stop the Clocks and Definitely Maybe.

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The way I see it is if I pirate a cd and really enjoyed it I would go out and actually buy it or buy merch or something which sometimes costs more than the initial price of the cd. Also i'll go to a concert of the band (whenever they come to my area). So probably about $100 -$300 depending on how many bands come to my town or how much merch I buy