It may not sound like a big deal, but I dislike paying for music I’ve already paid for many times over. I shouldn’t have to pay top dollar for the media it’s on. Unfortunately, it’s impossible to prove I’ve paid for anything in most cases.
I’m sure the RIAA hates customers like me. I don’t pay for music anymore and I obtain it legally.
There are more than a couple of Firefox extensions designed to convert the audio in YouTube videos into music files. I prefer the full bitrate for MP3 files. I don’t have to use Firefox because those extensions point to the web sites that do the actual conversions.
I like the “Simple YouTube to MP3/MP4 Converter” extension when I’m using Firefox. When I’m using Chrome, I just go to the “Simple YouTube Converter” website and enter the YouTube URL.
There are some specific provisions in copyright laws. None of them apply to downloading only, unless it’s a pirate ring or something. I won’t use a bittorrent client with any entertainment source because it uploads and downloads at the same time. There is no such thing as unauthorized downloads.
Every web page visit is a download, even if it’s only to a web browser cache. It’s the uploading that gets people in trouble. No uploading or sharing, no problem.
I realize it’s going to take me a long time to acquire copies of the music I didn’t bring with me from the Philippines. I don’t mind. Other than writing here, I really don’t have much else to do. I just started doing this yesterday and I already have more than 40 songs downloaded.
I have no intention of replenishing my entire music collection. I only need enough songs to listen to while I’m doing my thing. When I’m not using my laptop, I don’t care for any of it.