While I’d like to say that I buy a good majority of the albums that I own, I would join the ranks of millions of people
liars whose iTunes libraries consist of thousands of mp3 tracks that were somehow seedily acquired via the internet. I’m sure many would agree. The music industry just doesn’t produce quality product anymore. On top of which, they over charge for mediocre product with little to no return on customer investment.
Don’t get me wrong. There is A LOT of new music out there that I absolutely adore and will go out of my way to make purchase of their music. But, with a fancy turntable, my personal interest in starting my own vinyl collection, and the industry growing wise to the incitement of the medium by including mp3 versions of the pressing with purchase, like many fans, I will only spend the money to get an album if the artist is worth it.
It used to be that LPs came full of 15-20 tracks of great songs that made you want to listen to an album from track 1 thru the end. There are few albums that exist post 1998-1997 that I truly think are worth the hour+ investment of time. And there aren’t many singles that I don’t feel guilty spending $.99-$1.20 in order to add to my collection.
So, why even bring this up? Why even make a stink about it?
It seems like the beloved invite-only it-leakedcommunity has plugged the plug, once and for good. Funny enough, I had just recently joined the community and only had a short period of time to reap the benefits of finding full LPs of some really great and often new music. While many argue, contest, and shame the pirate community of their “stealing”, many artists capitalize on the opportunity to spread awareness of their art in this manner. Consider what Trent Reznor has done in recent years with a lot of NIN material?
There’s a fine line in understanding why this manner of supporting music is so popular and whether or not it’s kosher. I think what’s the saddest thing about the it-leaked site closing it’s doors is more so a reflection of the community that loved it so. If it’s funding they needed, would the subscribers have contributed to “keeping the hope alive”?
Thankfully, because the internet is so robust with resources, one site down won’t kill peoples desire to pirate music.