You must have heard or seen warnings informing people that free songs download is illegal and unethical. It has even been compared to direct thievery, a day time robbery, or a murder of the artist’s art, and in most of these scenario, you get to play the villains role. As it is you, who is using free songs download and committing these heinous crimes against music industry, by not paying for your music.
So, how much of this is true and how much is hype, made up by certain outlets or websites or music labels.
If you research on internet, you will come across a number of websites that offer free songs download, that so legally. The question is: are they trying to misguide you by making you download illegally, or is it the music labels that are not providing complete information in their ad campaigns. Unfortunately, this is something you will have to consider on website by website basis. However, there are a lot of websites that provide free music downloads and when they say it’s legal, they mean it, too.
The next question that comes to mind is: how is it possible to get free music legally? Does the artist or the label, don’t want to earn any money from sales? The answer is simple, most of the artists who offer free music in sharing websites are either new or emerging, who are trying to make name for themselves, which is only possible when you listen to their music and pass a verdict. But, if that music is only available on paid sites, most listeners might not choose to buy it over a popular artists work.
We can look at it as authors giving away their books to libraries for free, so that more people can access their book and come out to buy the next book from the author. The principle on which the free music site works is almost the same.