I thought we were talking about 'forums such as this' and whether they were free or not, and whether they needed money to cover costs or to make profits?
Originally Posted by frednurk
The thing about forums such as this is that at one time, I don't believe any money was changing hands, no data, no marketing. Just people "talking". Now, you still don't have to pay, nor do you have to look at the ads, but hundreds of thousands of dollars are exchanging hands. And the majority of the "content" comes from people like you writing 16,000 posts for free.
I know a couple of people who run 'forums such as this', and it costs them real money to do so, and also takes up a great deal of their time.
So I have some experience. You don't seem to have either experience or evidence, but want to argue with the evidence I've put up.
As to why people pay for music software they could find free alternatives for, I presume it's because the paid for software offers a better experience.
I would rather buy and use Logic and Ableton than use Audacity.
I would rather buy Maschine, than use a free 909 drum library someone posted a link to here. I think that's why pirates download illegal versions of paid for software, because they want it and don't want the free alternatives. What would be your view on that theory?