Music Sharing Helps Moe

Published: 2004-06-14
The issue of sharing music files is a hot topic in the twenty-first century. But new artists depend on the internet and fans passing their music around to get noticed. The New York band Moe did not have a song playing on the radio, but when the band arrived in San Francisco to play a gig, the band played to a full house thanks to fans sharing music.

With the current climate of fans being sued for sharing music it has deterred some fans from sharing and caused problems in the music community.

A new option is now available to music fans who want to legally download music on the internet. Websites like Canada's Sonic Awareness ( and GarageBand ( offers fans that choice. The bands themselves upload music for fans to download and share. Downloading and sharing the music is legal as long as the song is not altered in any way prior to sharing.

New and upcoming artists find the internet and music sharing a useful tool in getting their music played; especially since radio stations are not featuring new artists the way they used to. And spending $100,000 on a video that may never get air time is out of the question.

Music sharing can be beneficial for both sides. Musicians get their music played and fans are often more willing to buy a CD after they hear what a band sounds like.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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