Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cheating on Hans Zimmer

I'm in the process of de-thieving my iTunes collection. I've been meaning to do it for years, but since getting married, my music listening and acquiring habits have nearly disappeared (maybe because married life is its own beautiful symphony?).

The Jolly Napster.

Let me explain what I mean by "de-thieving." I've never illegally downloaded music. What I have done is uploaded old roommates' CDs, accepted mix CDs as gifts, and kept music I downloaded from my family's collection while I was living at home. Generally, I feel that keeping music I didn't pay for is wrong. Poor Enrique Iglesias is missing out on the royalties from another Escape album sold because my Latino-music-loving roomie let me download her CD for free.

For you, Enrique, I will make partial amends by posting a link to your album.

So I feel bad about keeping the roommate downloads and the unpaid-for, though well-intentioned, gifted mix CDs, but I'm conflicted about the music I acquired from my sisters and parents while we all lived in the same household. The mere presence of conflict should alarm my conscience, right? Or is there some law that says my mother's Yanni collection can be mine as well? (Please, don't take away Live at the Acropolis!!!)

How can I live without this?!

Please advise. Help me secure my place in line at the great record album in the sky while also saving me from deleting such favorites as The Mask of Zorro, Come Away With Me, and Sounds of Summer.

(I also recognize I could just purchase all my favorites for myself ... but we just started this horrid thing called a budget ... kill me now.)

Do you feel bad about keeping music you haven't paid for or have been dishonestly gifted?

P.S. I simultaneously love and loathe the word "gifted." Happy shudder.


  1. The question is: How many people can "own" a song that ONE person pays for? We let you daughters share dad's music. Can a song be put on more than one iPOD? Especially in the same family - and I see you have created another family, so you feel that doesn't apply anymore. Hmmmm. You should seriously write somebody and ask. It would be interesting to know!

  2. I would say that if you don't have the original cd, then the music is not yours. Let's see what King Solomon would say about this. Cut the song in half!! Whoever you have shared/borrowed the music with/from can only have part of the song. You will have to agree which part of the song you get. Ok, so this is dorky but the concept applies. You cannot "copy and download" a shirt, a car, kitchen appliances, etc, so why is it ok to do it with music? Just because it can be done, doesn't mean it is legal.

    Apple home sharing allows up to 5 users under the same roof to share audio, video or apps, including stuff they purchased previously. Maybe that will ease your conscience. :)


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