@Lorelei@twitter Bagged cereal really is underrated. It looks all generic-y and stupid on the outside, segregated into its own section usually... but my wife and I get it all the time because it's something like 1/4 the cost of boxed cereal per ounce, and it's just as tasty. Oat Blenders rule and doesn't actually have that much sugar in it.
I'm not sure if "cereal is cheaper at drugstores" is a real thing, because I can't fathom any reason WHY it would be cheaper there than, say, Walmart, Target, a grocery store, etc. Maybe it is! But if so, why?
@Boribon It's a false choice to say that when one spends money on an Apple product, they could have spent that on music. (FWIW, I, personally, subscribe to "crap technology" principles, but that's neither here nor there.) My point is that what is "right" now isn't necessarily what was "right" thirty years ago. Thirty years ago, asking someone to abide by copyright law meant asking them to not expend tremendous effort to copy and distribute these media. Now? Every middle class home has a $200-$700 computer and access to free storage on Google Play, or enough storage on the out-of-the-box hard drive. You're effectively asking them to abide by the honor code because there are virtually no obstacles to illegally downloading music. So, my point is that when it's unfeasible to enforce a copyright law, even one with good intentions, creators can't fight that tide. Adapt. Newspapers are dying -- but looking at it on a long enough timeline, we can see that business model was but a short detour in the history of the written word. Selling recorded music is a dying business, although much slower. The business model is screwed because the tide of technology moved too fast. Beethoven didn't have to record his music to make a living as a composer and musician, but it was a completely different economy, then. Musicians have to figure out something else, now. Turn free distribution and free downloading into a positive. I don't know how, otherwise I'd be doing it, but someone will figure it out.
Music-storing/playing technology is way ahead of the economic structure of selling writing and music right now. When media is completely free with zero to near-zero obstacles in the way for consumers to obtain it, you can't be high and mighty about telling people to "do the right thing" and pay for it even though it's incredibly easy to obtain for free. As a writer and musician myself, it's simply part of playing the game today. It's not inherently bad that musicians' only sure way of getting paid for their work is through live performance; it's just different, and probably less lucrative for more people. Deal with it.