Numerous musicians use Soundcloud to share their music with the public and often offer free downloads. Image taken from SOUNDCLOUD

The music industry has rapidly changed since the introduction of Napster in 1999. Shawn Fanning was a 19-year-old college student when he infamously introduced the original file sharing site. Fanning saw unused space on the Internet as a means for people to search and share files. Napster took off at light speed, but free music downloading began to grab the attention of several high profile music acts, most notably Metallica, that filed copyright infringement lawsuits against the directory. After a prolonged legal battle the site was eventually shut down. It has since reemerged as a digital music service.

Music enthusiasts seem to be split in labeling the sharing of music files theft or fair game. As a music junky myself I find the topic worth further examination. In Nick Bilton’s “I live in the future & here’s how it works” the author admits he sometimes downloads his music for free using a file sharing site. The author also admits he feels ashamed for doing so. Should Bilton feel ashamed? How do musicians feel about file sharing? How do music executives view file sharing? Through numerous blog posts I will examine these questions and more. Speaking with local musicians and music agencies in the Anchorage area I will elaborate on individuals’ thoughts and feelings on the matter.

To Be Continued…

Until then. Enjoy this.