Check out this article from the Guardian UK‘s arts blog about MP3 sites’ complicity in declining indie music sales. At least the author has the sense to acknowledge the slight absurdity of his position:
I know for some of you, having a music writer lecture you on the
importance of paying for your music will probably raise the same
hackles jet-setting Al Gore raises when he lectures middle America on
the melting ice caps.
I hear ya, brother.
For the record, I can’t stand MP3 aggregator sites. There’s rarely any editorial content beyond, "this track roxx!" or "awesum indie band – saw at Merc." I’d been planing on writing an extended treatise on the subject, but Jess Harvell beat me to it. His analysis of the Internet-indie-hype connection should be required reading for all music-bloggy-types. And Old Media critics are hardly exempt, as Harvell so deftly points out.