Someone said :
. I listen to quite a lot of songs on Youtube but I wouldn't buy them as I'll listen to them for a week and then get bored of those songs and go find fresh ones.
No offence to kaede, as she's doing nothing different to most people these days, but this type of attitude is going to really effect the quality if music being released. In hip-hop at least, so many new artists are releasing free music online to build a buzz. It means that instead of crafting a really well put together album, people are just throwing out disposable tracks to create a temporary buzz. I generally won't bother listening to anything free. I think if the artist doesn't think it's worth charging for it's not worth my time listening to it.
I used to download tonnes of music and end up never really listening to it. I gave up that and now I pay for everything I download but only buy stuff I feel I'll still want to listen to in 6 months time.