People download millions of songs everyday. Some people download music online on websites, or use music downloading programs such as Itunes or LimeWire, and this downloading is either done legally or illegally. Of course, there are laws and consequences against downloading music illegally, but it still happens so often. I believe illegal music downloading has become so common and frequent, that it has become natural to people who do it and these people are forgetting how much of an issue and crime this is. Personally, I get all of my music through Itunes, where I pay for each song I download. Though so many people I know use LimeWire or other programs to get free music illegally, I am and always have been very against it for a few reasons.
One reason I dislike the act of illegal music downloading for free is that I believe it is a disadvantage to singers and songwriters, and strips them of credit for their music. Though singers make most of their money from tours, they still get revenue from people buying their songs on Itunes, so when people do not purchase songs and pay money for them, it is basically cheating the songwriters and singers.
Another reason I am not a fan of illegal music download is usually the quality of the sound from programs such as LimeWire is horrible. I would much rather pay a dollar or two for music that is not scratchy or dubbed over then for the poor quality of songs on LimeWire, even if they are free.
Lastly, I am aware of the consequences of illegally downloading music and I personally do not think these consequences are worth it, when you can easily just pay for your music on Itunes.
Though I am against illegal and free music downloading, I understand why people do it. Well for one thing, it is free. Another reason I know many of my friends download music from LimeWire is because it has so many songs that are not accessible on Itunes. For example, if someone goes to a concert and a singer previews a song that is not yet out on an album, and that concert-goer records the song, they can upload it to LimeWire and the song can then be illegally downloaded. LimeWire has much more accessibility than Itunes, which is why so many people love it.
Downloading music for free makes sense and seems like the easy way out, but for me, I would much rather follow the rules and pay for music that I can listen to in good quality, and not have to fear getting in trouble for downloading it.