Jesus guys can we drop the paranoia and the blatant jumping to conclusions that happen to be completely inaccurate, and just answer the question or at least find out some more info before you go shouting your mouth off and haven’t a clue what you’re on about!
Here’s some facts for you:
1- Yes i AM writing an article/blog entry about illegal downloading. I am starting a blog about dance music and i need a couple more articles to put on the site to launch it. As Illegal downloading is something that is very close to my heart (see below for reasons why) and something i feel very passionately about, i want to include a piece on this, as i think it’s really, really important and relevant for dance music and it’s future etc. I haven’t ever been on any of these sites that friends of mine have mentioned where masses of tracks are available to download illegally for free (i haven’t had any interest in them because i always pay for my music!!!), but as research for my article i want to take a look at them to see exacly how they work, and answer alot of questions i have, such as - i , what is the general quality of the tracks, how quickly do they take to download, who is behind these sites, what country(s) are they based in, is their advertising to generate revenue on these sites, how many of these sites are around, do you need to login and regsiter and provide your personal details to someone to download the tracks etc etc etc.
2 - I happen to be one of the few people that i know on this planet that doesn’t actually download tracks illegally EVER, that i intend to put in my mixes or play out. All my DJ friends have done it at some time or another - i don’t as i have too much respect for the music and the amount of time and effort that the producers have put in to get themselves into a position where they can create great tracks that i love and that give me pleasure!
3 - I produce myself, so i have much more respect than most for the music and the amount of effort that goes into producing it, therefore out of respect i never ever download other peoples tracks illegally - i spend alot of money on Beatport, Track it Down etc buying all my tracks - even when i know i can probably get the track somewhere else for free - i still pay for it!
4 - i never intended to include the URL’s of thes sites - but i want to go on them for a bit and have a good look at them, so that when i start writing about them, i know exactly what i’m on about and have done my homework etc.
In hindsite i can understand not wanting to list the names of these sites on this forum, yes that might unnecccesaily promote them - but if anyone knows of one or more of these sites and can help me out, i would love your help, you can just personally email me the URL if you don’t want to make these sites more public than they already are.
If anyone can help in any way please let me know.