I couldn't agree MORE with Lowery, not simply because, as a musician, he has first-hand experience in the trickle-down economics affecting artists.
I applaud him for calling out this child for boasting about how she's effectively cheated the system. And to think she interns for NPR Music! Lowery's calculation that she could have built her music library for a mere $17.82/mo and his question about why she pays for other things she uses (cell phone, etc.) while essentially stealing music addresses the sense of entitlement so pervasive in the Millennials/GenY and those who follow. A values shift has occurred over the past decade; younger users are now desensitized to the logical concept of paying for what you use.
Lowery sums it up perfectly: "On nearly every count your generation is much more ethical and fair than my generation. Except for one thing: artist rights."
That's the issue: cheating artists, robbing them of their much-deserved pay. You don't show up to work for free; neither do artists. In the grand scheme of things, their fiscal livelihood is determined by how many people actually purchase the music they've labored to create. Fans often complain that their favorite indie artists don't make enough albums or tour often enough, yet they never seem to realize the role they themselves played in creating financial hardships for those artists and bands.
"Just because you can doesn't mean you should" is one of my pet phrases. It fits this situation.
Just because music is readily available through free sources doesn't mean you can continue to cheat the system and never feel any negative effects. When you obtain music illegally, you cheat the very artist whose music you supposedly want to support.
I get paid for my work, and I'd get pissed if I didn't get a pay check at the end of it. You would too. Why shouldn't they? Now, I feel like the pay that entertainers receive vs, say a teacher or a Dr. or a Nurse or lots of other people is pretty ridiculous, but truth be told, we love music enough to pay for it and it provides me enough enjoyment to pay for it. Just like food, booze and sex ahahah