Somehow managing to avoid the Pirate Bay, Kickass Torrents, youtube2mp3, anything2mp3, and downloads.nl, Langley woman Kate McCoy, actually paid artists to listen to their music.
No, she didn’t use Spotify. She didn’t even use Tidal. She actually drove to a store and purchased a physical copy of the music.
“Yeah, I just went to Best Buy and picked up a Luke Bryan CD,” the 27-year-old explained, “then people started gawking at me, and CBC requested an interview. Something about an archaeologist.”
“I don’t get what the big deal is,” she continued, “lots of people buy music, I think it’s a great way to support artists.”
Clearly, Ms. McCoy has never heard of the greatest product of the internet: making free digital copies of music, then sharing them with your friends. Would you rather pay money for something, or receive it for free with no possible threat of legal action to be taken against you?
After McCoy’s segment with the CBC, we managed to get a few words in with music historian Jackson Chung.
“Ah yes, paying for music. It’s a movement that began well before the popular music era, when patrons would give artists large sums of money to compose and perform. The practice typically allowed artists to enjoy a greater standard of living -- as well as some notoriety with the general public. Fortunately, with the advent of the internet, we just don’t have time for that shit anymore,” says Chung.
“I think the recent anomaly Ms. McCoy caused is shocking in two ways,” he added, “First, she actually believes that Luke Bryan is going to receive any money from her purchase. Second, she went to a Best Buy.”