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Saturday, June 26, 2004
P2P - the real reason I was going to write about those bands  
I wanted to point out that I first heard both the Ladybug Transistor and the Magnetic Fields via downloaded MP3s. I now own pretty much all the Magnetic Fields' records, and I'm working on acquiring the rest, and Stephen Merritt's other work. I had heard of them before I downloaded them, but I probably wouldn't have bought the albums unheard. As for the Ladybug Transistor, they are completely unknown here, and I wouldn't have been able to find their albums even if I wanted to.

My point? P2P filesharing got me interested in these artists, and made money for them and their record company. (Or at least it would be if the record company website actually allowed me to order and pay for the CDs).