May 302012

There seem to be two sides to the “Free Music” argument:

    1. Give it away for free so that more people can hear it.
    2. If you put a price tag on it, you’re giving it value (and the opposite is true, too).

While I think it probably works differently depending on the artist, Digital Music News shared this article about why your music will have more value if you charge for it. They quote an artist who also says that when he started charging for music, more people actually listened to it and downloaded copies. An interesting comment was also that not only did the paid downloads increase, but more people tried to find it for free–which was his initial reason for charging, anyway!

What do you think? Does giving away music for free increase or decrease its value?

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