I've noticed that over the past year or so that more and more people on here have started to get on the backs of people who openly profess to downloading albums. And i think there's been an increase of people (really hardcore music fans im talking about here, the people who go out of their way to find new music) really making an effort to buy band's records, as people start to recognise the link between the way they consume music and the survival of the bands and music that they love.
Do you think that there's been a shift in music fans' perceptions of the pros and cons of 'freeloading' music recently? Could voluntary 'ethical' music consumption be more effective in 'saving music' - in that people realise that if they stop paying, their favourite bands wont be able to make more records or tour anymore - than legal prohibition of downloading? Are there any groups of fans or non-industry websites out there who explicitly espouse buying records over downloading?