[quote=“Andrex”]It’s not just questionable, it’s also illegal.
How do you think most bands even make most of their money? One-stop pony show concerts? :lol Almost all of their revenue is paid through their labels. So by “ripping the record company off” you’re also ripping the band off, too.[/quote]
First of all, most bands tour alot. Like 6 or 7 months out of the year. And actually, the tours give them much more money since they cut out the middleman. They pay for the place where they do the concerts, which includes setup, cleanup, and the salaries of concession stand workers if it’s a large concert (that’s assuming that the concession stands are selling band merchandise and not just beverages, and band merchandise also makes profit for the band). There’s no record company involved, and any extra money is pure profit. Meaning, for ever ticket sold, they keep (and keep in mind, this is just an estimate) roughly 1/3 to 1/2 of the money, based on how many tickets sold.
Now, with cd sales, the record company keeps most of the money for these reasons.
A: The cost to print the album
B: The cost to advertise the album
C: To make a profit
The band makes enough profit to keep themselves going so they can keep making more music for the record company to make a profit, but that’s about it.
You can quote me when I say that most bands in the world that do live shows make most of their money from the live shows and merchandise, and not from album sales.
tl;dr: You are wrong.
Now, if you don’t want to download albums because you have a problem with that, then that’s fine and everything, but don’t go thinking it makes anyone any less of a fan for doing it. And remember, you don’t have to fileshare to support filesharing in the first place.