Record Sales Would Argue Pirates Don’t Buy More Music

sharing2.jpgI will start out by saying I don’t quite know where I stand on File Sharing still to this day. I do know that I find the argument that “Pirates Buy More Music” to have very little factual weight. Both sides of this argument claim to have studies to back up their claims. Anyone who has ever read Frank Luntz knows these studies are easy to manipulate, so I give both sides no cloture when citing their respective studies. The one fact that I do see that is very clear is record sales are WAY DOWN, and I work with a lot of bands who steal, and nearly everyone I know steals music from Torrents/Blogs. I feel the “Music Industry” has the fact that record sales are miserable on it’s side in this argument and would be very curious if the “Pirates” really have any evidence that strong to show to counter it. Please, enlighten me?

Jesse Cannon is the editor of Musformation. He produces records at his studio Cannon Found Soundation. Follow him on Twitter at @JesseCannonMusF. For more info please visit his website.

  • Todd Thomas

    The fact remains that everyone steals and there is no stopping it. The argument should be: do pirates buy more music related items? People can’t monetize songs they way they used to, it’s time to focus on selling different things like live shows, merchandise, and special edition versions of albums. Smart bands have already moved on to this model (like NIN).

  • Anonymous

    Since the advent of Napster many moons ago, I have discovered many bands I would have never heard of and purchased much more music than I would have had I never heard of filesharing.
    Take that as you will.