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Music Liberation

Well, I did it. It took some time, wrenching of the teeth, and much wailing. But I did it. I am free. What did I do?

I deleted almost 30GB of downloaded MP3's.

Yeah. It was tough, but I looked at it this way: If I am going to be very outward to others about my views toward software freedom, then I need to be honest with myself and whether or not I have pirated software, music, movies, etc. I did. I had lots. No more though. The binary bits are now recycled and will be used for other data.

I think this puts up a level of honesty that most won't rise to. I'll tell you. It's tough. It's not easy. Most of the music on my external HDD was downloaded using Napster and Kazaa back in the day. Probably 60% from my wife too. There were some great albums on there. Many of which I listened to almost daily.

I would recommend that you do it too. No doubt most of you reading this post have downloaded content that you listen or watch. Free yourself. Be honest with yourself and the record labels. If you want the content, purchase it. $0.99 per song isn't that bad, really.

At any event, I now get the opportunity to re-encode all the albums that I already own to Ogg Vorbis. I think that will be enjoyable, actually, as I get to choose my own bitrate, and reorganize my music.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Ubuntu Tutorials | November 24, 2006 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    You are a stronger man than I. I did try that once before but found my way back to the archives I made on DVD and restored them. At this point I am a little torn on the idea. On the one hand I know it would be more honest to remove those tracks and albums that I haven't personally purchased. On the other hand I kind of see it as a revolt from the people who use scare tactics and sue old women to try and hold onto their dying dead business model. I know that doesn't rationalize the action, but it sure feels good 😉

    On a related note I just finished (earlier today) my conversion from .mp3 to .ogg. It took nearly two weeks to convert & organize my collection again but its finally done. I haven't noticed but supposedly I've lost quality going from one lossy to another. Ooh well.

  2. Clint Savage | November 24, 2006 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    No, I will not bow to the pressures of the RIAA and MPAA. What you are saying is admitting that what you did was illegal. I believe it is not!!


  3. Aaron | November 24, 2006 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Clint- It's hard to accept the truth. I know you'll be strong and make the right choice. 🙂

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