Fifteen year old singer/songwriter, Una Jensen, is no stranger to the world of illegal music downloading. Check out what she had to say!

Pirating music: it’s easy, it’s fast, it’s free. Anyone can get any song at anytime for free. It sounds like a brilliant idea, and utterly
convenient! Someone hears a song they like on the radio or T.V., goes to one of the many pirated music sites and downloads that song, immediately storing it in their continuously growing library of music. It’s appeal is clear. More music, fast and free.

It’s simple, really, but it’s also illegal. Big bummer for kids that have no other way of getting music, especially individual songs. As a
kid, you’re put in a tough position. You don’t have a credit card to use on an iTunes account, and you’re so used to everything being at your fingertips (with the technology we have today) that you don’t have the patience to wait to ask your parents for a little help. Even if you did have the patience to wait to ask, there’s a big chance they’ll say no. So you resort to illegally downloading music.

I’ve never downloaded pirated music before, for a few reasons…

First and foremost, throughout my entire pre-teens to my teenaged life, we barely had any internet connection. We lived up in the mountains and I would only get new music as a treat from my grandma. I hadn’t really heard of pirating music, or understood what it entailed , until about two years ago. Before i was informed what it really meant, I thought taking songs off of a cd i had bought and putting it on my ipod was pirating.

Living next to a recording studio and seeing bands spend days upon days getting a song to their level of satisfaction, I see how much hard work goes into every song that is out there. I found it sort of sad to see so many songs put out without the artist/band knowing; How people weren’t appreciating the good feeling of buying a new song for their collection, or understanding that in buying their song, you’re letting the artist know you support them and that you enjoy their music enough to buy it. 99¢ is a small price to pay to get that song you truly want in your library.

Last but most certainly not least, I knew pirated music is drasticly changing the music industry as we know it. CDs are becoming a rarity and digital downloads are becoming the only way to sell albums. That’s a big change, and with the music industry falling apart, it’ll become harder to make it as a new artist. Sounds awful to me, being a new artist. It would be a shame for all my, and so many other artists’, hard work to go to waste.

Again, I understand the appeal as well. Maybe we can find a way to keep the positives of both sides. For instance, making the songs 50¢ instead of 99¢. Something so we can all be happy, and so we can keep our love of music strong!

Written by Catherine Powell