Excuse the title joke, it was inspired by a drunk scottish man dressed as a pirate at a Coventry music festival a few years. It’s not funny and it’s certainly not clever but the titles for blogs on this site are usually pretentious to the extreme, so I thought I’d lighten things up with some dire humour.
There was once a day where the only way you’d be able to get your hands on music was to pop down to the record store and walk out with one in a brown bag. It was an experience, one that filled you with excitement as you examined every inch of the album sleeve before putting it on your turntable.
I’m only nineteen so obviously this isn’t the way I’ve always consumed my music, but I have bought a few vinyls in my time and it’s generally a far more enjoyable way to buy music.
This century has been incomparable to previous decades in terms of consumer habits, with internet downloads becoming the favourite choice of music lovers. The issue arises with the fact that there are both legal and illegal downloads.
It’s hard to blame people for picking paying absolutely nothing for an album over paying £15, although the impact on the artists themselves is obvious.
This whole debate has been written to saturation in the press, with Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, Blur’s Dave Rowntree and popstar Lily Allen all publicly offering their views, and so I’m not going to sprout on any more about what has already been said many times before.
However, I do have a plan:
Instead of paying for individual albums and singles, you pay a monthly or annual fee (one that represents value for money) to a monopolised record label and in turn you gain access to any music released.
The music can be bought with vouchers in stores, and with codes online, both as proof of the subscription being paid for.
Okay so I haven’t thought of all the undoubtedly complicated logistics, but it’s a concept that ensures music fans don’t get ripped off by overpriced albums, and also prevents musicians from having their work being consumed for free.
Regardless of what happens, there needs to be change, and it needs to be swift and effective. It also needs to ensure that neither fans or artists get ripped off, because at the end of the day they both need eachother.