Straight off the bat, can I just say that I do not condone the illegal downloading and consumption of music. Artists, no matter how much they earn, work too hard and put out quality art for them to not get paid. Of that, I think we can all agree. This particular article is not my way of condoning what millions of people do every year and what should be outlawed.
Something else we can all agree on is that modern day music is expensive. A subscription to Apple Music or Spotify can cost you forty to fifty dollars a month. Unfortunately, some people just don’t have that kind of cash to splash. In my view, they shouldn’t be excluded for monetary reasons, and they don’t have to, either.
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Why? Because there are ways of enjoying music for free without committing a crime.
Social media plays a massive part in our everyday lives. From Facebook to Twitter and YouTube, we are surrounded by it, something that some people do not like. For the negatives, there are positives. Now, thanks to social media, we are closer to our peers and idols than ever due to better interaction. Plus, social media also pays them their dues because of advertising. As a result, artists are happy to put their music on YouTube for free, to be consumed by the general public.
Spotify, in particular, offers a free version of the streaming site that you can use for an indefinite amount of time. Granted, the free version is not as good as the paid one, but it is still free. Although you might not be able to listen to every discography, there is enough variety to keep you from entering your credit card details.
Free Trial Version
Where other streaming services differ is that they don’t provide a full, free version. However, they do offer a trial period that is well worth taking. Let’s look at Apple Music as our initial example. Apple Music has just entered the market and is trying to take on the giants, such as Spotify. To do that, they need to gain exposure. Consequently, they are offering a three month trial period where you don’t have to pay a penny until the three months are over. Every streaming service with sense will go down the same route. If you are smart, you could get up to 9-12 months of free music by signing up every music service available.
Listen To Covers
At their core, covers are the same as the original but they are just performed by different artists. Okay, it is obviously not the same thing because you love the band, not the song to a degree. But, when you are short of cash there are not many other options. Plus, cover artists are incredibly good at their job. Have you ever heard of Karmin or Boyce Avenue? Some of the best cover songs are by these artists and are preferred to the originals.
The bottom line is that it is perfectly acceptable not to pay for music and still consume it, as long as you don’t do it illegally.