Billy Bragg


"Say a kid downloads 3,000 tracks. When the fucking hell is he going to listen to those tracks? Say you had 3,000 singles; you'd be lucky if you ever listened to a hundred of them. In the end, Napster will be no worse than making a cassette to listen to in your car or give to your buddy. They tried to set up this thing in Britain in the 1980s that home taping was killing music. What's killing music is extortionate prices for back catalog albums. That's what saved the record industry, being able to sell the Beatles back catalog at above market price. In this country, the double-red and double-blue albums sell for 25 pounds. They wonder why people accuse them of profiteering. My double album on one CD was 16 bucks. That's where the problem lies."

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