.. WTF? How much value do you put on your time and frustration? Just buy the bloody stuff already!
This is a major point, how many times do I have to pay for a format transfer? How long do I have to keep my 33LP records to prove I own the music?
At what point does the iconic music from childhood pass into the public domain? (classic rock)
In my lifetime working with media I thought the turning point in my life in the media industry was when a geek friend of mine introduced me to mp3's.
I literally could not believe you could compress so much information into a small file and generate a faithful reproduction.
Once you make that transfer you are not reliant on the media ever again.
Thus, I stop spending money on the media and it really pisses off the *AA's. (Breakage Fees are history)
Now suppose I want to lend a friend a copy to listen to?
Do I drag out the crusty old 33 record for him to listen on his non-existent player?
Nope, Gonna hand him a stick with the file or email it to him.
This is what you call sharing.
Generally, The friend would like my recommendation and seek more and if they like it would acquire more of the same on there own. IE. Buying the CD or DVD for themselves.
Generating money for the artists (cough) and everybody's happy except my friend and myself don't really much incentive to do a format change.
This really pisses off the *AA's.
Further, Following the simple logic of my example of one sharing with my friend and he does whatever he does and multiply that by the power of the internet, the lack of control must be truly breathtaking. (Lack of Breakage Fees)
This truly why they angry.
Does that help?