The ads that are on some videos, or in front of some videos, are because the person is being paid by google to have the ad there. I think the person has a paid account with youtube and google checks to see how many hits the people have, etc, then they offer to pay so much to have their ads placed there.
I have not been to YouTube in over a month cause of my computer situation. I’ll have to watch for that when I get my laptop back. My current computer I am using is an old Windows 95 beast of a machine that YouTuibe does not work on it.
That doth suck. I hate that. Ads are annoying enough as is. I just hope I am still able to copy some stuff I had before my laptop died on me in December.
sorry its time for a quick fire illegal download rant. i think downloading music is fair gain. so cd sales are down, thats because cds are freaking expensive. music companies have not adapted to downloadable content. music should be free, the songs should be used as marketing. if all music was free then more people will hear your bands songs that are not released. like mettallica for instance, they have lots of good songs that dont get realeased. but anyway so people hear your material and they think damn thats good. and one they will either buy the cd to help support the band, or they will be more inclined to go to a concert. which lets face it is probally the best thing that could happen to the music business. Bands have to do more tours and have to make better music, because having an album out doesnt mean money, if it being given away for free it will have to be good to spark an interest. like if you release a crappy cd but people have to pay for it, it will sell a bit, but people will be like bleh that was crap and less inclined to go see you in concert. but if its free same thing will happen but you wont get anymoney for it so its a bigger risk. also bands need to do more touring, i know this wont affect you guys in the states as much as us europeaners but so far this year there are no good concerts here in ireland, i think the cream of the crop is status quo which dont get me wrong they are awesome, and i might go see them, but normally by this time of the year i have at least six concerts lined up before may.
anyway that little rant was in regard to vickies comment about napster…. actually do you think this should become its own thread?
I think that your argument is a poor attempt at a retro-justification of your illegal and pretty immoral actions.
Why should music be free? Firstly, there is a difference between it making business sense to make it free and there being a moral imperative to its becoming free. Secondly, would you argue that play scripts should become free as they are marketing for seeing the play? No; it’s a bullshit argument.
Are CDs too expensive? On the whole I’m inclined to say yes, but I believe that this is due to inefficiencies in the business models of CD distributors (look at online/offline price difference) and in the model of the music industry as it stands. The fact is that massive companies with huge overheads are no longer needed, though promotion for new acts is still crucial.
I for one was very happy with what Radiohead did with In Rainbows and paid £5 for it which I felt was a fair price. I would not have paid £10 in a shop.
Additionally, touring is not often an effective way of making money. Artists tour to promote albums and many tours lose money or just break even hoping to make a profit on the albums that people go out and buy before or afterwards. Particularly for new bands, the cost of touring can be colossal when you add up rehearsal space, equipment, transport, booking costs, accommodation and so on and so forth.
Finally, what about artists that don’t want to tour? Why should music be live only? Kate Bush (not a fan myself) went studio only and I think that that’s a fair choice. Why should that decision mean that she shouldn’t earn a livelihood if people are willing to pay?
The reason you feel that illegal downloading is okay is because products are overpriced (or more importantly, priced higher than you are willing to pay) and that you feel far removed from the real thing when you’re just one guy and your miles away in the comfort of your own home. Millions of people have an impact, though, and just because you’re stealing from home doesn’t mean that you’re not stealing. Man up and admit it at least. If you didn’t want to pay the price set for a diamond necklace would it be okay for you to steal the thing? I didn’t think so.
I don’t really believe in the try-before-buy downloader to be honest. Perhaps they try and then buy some stuff, but I bet you that they keep a whole load of ‘trials’ without buying.
As for getting back for free what you had before and lost? In this instance I would say that it’s okay on the basis that you would have paid in the first instance and what you pay for is not the physical medium, but a copy of the contents of that medium.
I’ve actually been burned by bad cd choices that I’ve become somewhat of a try-before-buyer. I suppose I couldn’t justify that to you, and you would probably feel very annoyed that I… I guess I already tried when I started with “I’ve actually been burned by bad cd choices…” Huh. That’s weird.
Anyway, doing this I’ve been surprised by both what I’ve enjoyed and by what I haven’t.
I haven’t quite fully sorted it out yet, but when I do, and when/if my cash flow returns to normal, I’ll purchase as much of what I’ve enjoyed as I can.
I’d also like to state I have a bias against online shopping. As much as I like it, I hate it, as I like to have my music playing as soon as possible.
Yes, I just tried to justify everything… I’m allowed to have neuroses dammit.
I’m raising my hand here. Used to make me so mad when a DJ would walk on a song I had waited an hour to record lol (for those that don’t know what that means, it’s when the DJ is speaking while the song is playing, not so much the music as the vocals. It’s called walking on a song)
For me, I still buy CD’s, mostly. I do download some stuff, but only from newer artists, ones I’m not 100% sure I’ll like. If it’s an artist I’m pretty sure that I’ll like everything on their album, I’ll buy the whole thing outright (for me some examples would be Alan Jackson, Martina McBride or Kenny Chesney) But I NEVER illegally download music. I use Amazon’s MP3 service, or iTunes if I only want one or two songs. Otherwise, I go into Target and buy the whole CD.
I do agree that CDs are fairly overpriced, since it only costs something along the lines of five cents per disk to manufacture. Granted, there’s then the cost of putting the mastered music onto the disk, but it still comes to like only $2 or so to manufacture a single CD, that then goes for $10-$20 in a store. But like RSI said, I dislike buying CDs online, since I want my music playing in my truck or in my living room as soon as possible, so I bite the bullet and pay the way overmarked prices.
hmm nemo you have some interesting points there, and i will rethink my argument on that front, but i do have a few other reasons why i download/steal music. Firstly i see downloading music and stealing from a shop different. and this is why. i take a look at my music collection and i see about half of it is downloaded the other half i paid for. so i get my torrent out and i tell it that i want to download, but i also upload aswell. i see this as a form of bartering. so people are free to download the music i have bought as i am free to enjoy the music they have bought. now copyright law will argue that i dont own the rights to the music, but thats a different arguement for a different day. so i see no harm in that. well thats a lie, i see the harm it causes to the industry but i just cant seem to give a crap
and furthermore i dont feel i need to justify downloading, i dont see it as a crime, even tho it is, but i just dont think it needs to be justified