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Music is a universal language that binds all humans together in a very real way. While the specific styles and genres of music listened to by different cultures vary wildly, they all share common ground. In other words, music is a very powerful force.

It’s been true for a long time: the music industry is in a state of flux. The Internet having upset the apple cart that had been trundling merrily on for several decades. Now, each of us has multiple options open to us for getting our music fix. This multitude of options forms the basis for this week’s We Ask You debate.

Thank You For The Music

We want to know, How Do You Obtain Music? The vast majority of people listen to music in one form or another, so we simply want to take the current pulse of the MakeUseOf readership by discovering where each of you sources your music from.

As usual with this column we don’t just want a one-word answer. Instead, tell us how you source your music and then explain the whys and wherefores behind your response. Whether you buy physical media, purchase digital downloads, stream through a dedicated service, use a form of piracy, or simply listen to the radio, we want to hear all about it.

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If you purchase digital downloads A Beginner's Guide To Digital Music Setup And Playing A Beginner's Guide To Digital Music Setup And Playing If you're a music lover with boxes and shelves of music CDs, or if you have managed to burn or download digital music to your Mac or PC, this beginner's guide to digital music setup... Read More from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc. then tell us why you prefer that format, and why you use your online retailer of choice.

If you stream music from Spotify 5 Of The Best New Spotify Apps For Music Fans 5 Of The Best New Spotify Apps For Music Fans At the end of 2011, Spotify, the insanely popular and rapidly growing music-streaming service, added apps into its already heady mix of awesomeness. There were some true gems hidden in there, with 5 of the... Read More , Rdio Rdio: One of the Best Music Streaming Apps for iPhone Rdio: One of the Best Music Streaming Apps for iPhone Rdio provides a free limited music streaming service and an inexpensive unlimited streaming service for $5 monthly. For an extra $5 per month, you can also stream Rdio to your iPhone using this app. Read More , Pandora Enhance Pandora's Music Magic With These Great Tools Enhance Pandora's Music Magic With These Great Tools For those of you who still haven’t heard of Pandora, it’s an online website that allows you to stream music for free. Unlike other music streaming services, Pandora isn’t built on the idea that you... Read More , etc. then tell us what you feel the benefits are of this form of music consumption, and why you use your streaming service of choice.

If you pirate your music, and by that we mean obtaining copyrighted content without permission, then tell us your reasons for doing so, and tell us why you think the act of piracy What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [You Told Us] What Should Be Done About Online Piracy? [You Told Us] Laws against piracy of copyrighted materials existed well before the invention of the Internet, but this interconnected network of computers has turned piracy into an immediate and unfortunate problem for copyright owners of all shapes... Read More is justified.

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We Ask You is a column dedicated to learning the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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