The following was posted by a guitar instructor in our earlier article, ‘Suffocation Guitarist Walks Into a Mall, Finds His CD, and Buys It.’
I teach guitar to about 34 students. Age range: from 10-early twenties. So that is pretty much the people that you would like to sell (your) music too, right? Pretty much the kinda folks that (we) try to convince to use legal music subscription services.
So what I gotta tell you about them is this:
None of them have an iPod. They all have cell phones with unlimited internet. What do they do with it? Text, use WhatsApp to text even more and they sure as hell don’t use a music subscription service that is legal – even though it doesn’t pay a fair rate to the artist – etc.
They use this app called “SONGS”. It pulls the music off YouTube. Its surface/skin on the phone looks just like the iPod’s. One click is the song, two clicks is the video.
STREAMING. Makes playlists, too. That is what they all use.
“Music is free, right?”
I have seen the development since about 2007. Back then I convinced them to buy CDs, then I convinced them to buy the downloads instead of illegally taking them.
Now they don’t have iPods, and they don’t want to even own the music they steal anymore.
Another sad and scary thing is (I keep hearing this more and more): Parents telling me that their kids just don’t listen to any music anymore… when I have a motivational talk with them regarding the lacking performance and motivation of their kids during the lessons.
That’s where we’re at folks. And what do most people do? They STILL discuss IF piracy hurts music.