How do you all feel about downloading music for free via file-sharing sites? Honestly.
I don't do it, but I used to. A lot. But Adult Guilt™ guilt set in, and I've since gone back and purchased records I originally downloaded for free because I felt really bad about it.
I'm thinking about this because I have some Google Alerts set up that alert me real-time when any mention of “Palaxy” and “Wilderness” appear online together. I get a new list of alerts at least once a day. So far, without fail, none of those alerts is a link to a review (good or bad), a write-up, a link, a total panning, a blog post, a byline, or anything along those lines. They're always file-sharing sites, and there are already dozens of them hosting the record as a high-quality download. All sharing the entire record with both the standard and iTunes-specific art (which is only available through my Bandcamp page).
Believe it or not this used to feel good to me. While it was still stealing, there was some level of validation there. I mean, someone liked it enough to share it, and seeing huge download counts felt like a backhanded compliment, but a compliment nonetheless.
Now it just stings.