What's the Future of the Music Biz? Train, Robin Thicke and More Speak Out

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Robin Thicke, Train, Skyler Grey and more reveal whether they ever downloaded music illegally and where they feel the music business is headed in the digital age. Robin Thicke, Train, Skyler Grey and more famous musicians appear in VH1's Downloaded, the new documentary about the digital revolution and the meteoric rise and fall of Napster, which you can watch exclusively on Cambio and AOL. Here, they reveal whether they ever downloaded music illegally and where they feel the music business is headed in the digital age.

If you guessed that a lot of the musicians who appear in Downloaded have illegally downloaded music themselves, you're right:
In the Yes camp: Shaq, Ivy, New Kids on the Block and St Lucia, who recalls his experience downloading in the early days, "You'd wait two days for an album to download. Half the time it would just fail."
In the Maybe camp: Ashanti, who confessed, "My sister probably did it."
In the No camp: Train and Robin Thicke, who reasons, "It would be hypocritical."

Things really get interesting though when the group is asked whether the digital revolution has been a blessing or a curse to the music industry and where the business is headed.

For Skyler, it's a clear cut win. "It's something to embrace," she says. "Being a new artist, people can discover you so much easier now just by going online and downloading a song." She compares a downloaded song to a business card or a flier that entices fans to come buy a ticket for a live show.

And Pat Monahan of Train points out, "Macklemore had the biggest album and the biggest songs of the year without a record label. If you have something worth hearing, you'll be heard."

In terms of the future of music, Pat's optimistic. "There are millions and millions of potential songs left, even though there are only a few chords you can play."


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