A post I wrote "Understanding The Value Of Free" reminding musicians to utilize the power of free started the heated discussion. And a follow-up post "Why Are We Still Debating Free?" continued the debate. I encourage you to join in.
But in actuality, the debate is over. As someone who has worked in this business all of my life, I appreciate fully the sweat that goes into making and marketing music. I can even say that I mostly align myself with folks that believe that it downright sucks that people stopped paying for music. But as Wired's Chris Anderson said at SXSW:
"I'm not telling the apple to fall -
I'm just telling that the apple will fall.
That is what the laws of digital economics require
...you either compete with free or use free...".