The French pay people to buy music!
According to the BBC, French people aged 12 to 25 are to be encouraged to buy music via a state-subsidised scheme. The plan attempts to get young people into the habit of buying music rather than acquiring it illegally using file-sharing software. Read the full report here:
This is either a clever ploy by the dinosaur record industry to try to entice people back into their dying, anachronistic, pre-internet, music business economy, or it is a clever attempt to monetise the modern digital distribution economy. It might be a bit of both. It will be interesting to see the results.
If I was young and French I would probably take the offer, grab the tunes, then go back to acquiring music by file-sharing.
On the other hand, there is so much good, free, legal music available from sites such as Bandcamp (and even old stalwarts like mySpace), that there’s no need to waste time even with cheap, legal, commercial music.
For example, you can check out our (mostly free) music on Bandcamp HERE.