Before reading, this is a copy-paste from a post I made on a forum I frequent regularly. It is in context of that forum. Also, “Eurobeat” can be replaced by any other musical genre and “Avex”, however, can be replaced by a label that does not market their music outside the country they are presently. So, like it or not, this is my point of view.
Man, these DarkSky and co. need to stop their “efforts” and stop taking links down. You cannot stop the music downloads. It’s futile. In fact, music piracy is not as bad as you believe it is. Look, it helps the user to decide what to buy, and what to not buy. It’s proven. Yes, some users will totally refuse to give a cent to Eurobeat or any other genres in the music industry.
Then, it leads me to the music industry. It simply needs to get over the whole physical stuff, change the way it sees things otherwise, it will simply leads to its loss. Music piracy will NEVER stop. Never ever. It’s unstoppable. There will always be a new way to evade the new (already useless) governement laws. Those industries are lead by money and forget the art all the musicians associated to them are making. Thus, they always go and try to stop it, when they (somehow) know that it will simply not stop at all instead of finding a new way to sell things, a new way to advertise their music online; find a new business model. Eurobeat is no exception.
Avex is simply shooting themselves in the foot by keeping the genre in Japan instead of advertising it outside. Also, they also shoot themselves again by making it hard to buy the actual physical copy. Bad tongues will say that you can buy the physicals on CDJapan, Amazon jp or HMV jp or single tracks on Mora, Musico and iTunes. Yes, you can buy Eurobeat there.
For physical copies, some people might not feel safe to order online or some might not have a credit card. Oh! Talking credit cards, in some countries, contrary to popular belief, it’s not easy to get a credit card like in South America where you need to win a lot of money to have one. Some might not want one because they fear of overusing it and become in-debt. Back on topic, there are other factor as why people don’t buy online : that can be language or money, etc.
Language can be a huge barrier. People that talks Portuguese or other languages might know next to no English and then, ordering online can be very hard especially when they face an English or Japanese website. Online translators doesn’t always makes things look good either.
For music downloads, musico and mora can be very difficult to buy from there. On musico, you have to rely on web translators. It’s hard to navigate around too. Language is a very big barrier for musico. For, mora, it’s very hard to buy from that place since it’s closed to Japan. There are ways to buy from oversea but you still need to go over the language barrier or have some skills in computers. For Junodownload, again, English can still be a barrier for some people. Juno although a very good service can throw people out with expensive price and, you only have a few Eurobeat labels on there (Hi-NRG Attack and Saifam/Asia).
On iTunes, some people hate the software, thus, not likely to go and buy there. Also, the format that Apple offers the songs can still throw people off because some people doesn’t really have understanding in computers and probably don’t know how to convert those files to MP3 because they might not have an iPod/iPod Touch/iPhone.
Concerning iTunes Japan, to be honnest I didn’t check DarkSky’s tuto, it’s not everyone that will go buy a 3000 yens iTunes card on JBOX and then, to go and buy some tracks they may like. Also, you have to calculate how much it is in their currency. To a canadian like me, it’s nearly 34$. But for some, like in Mexico, 3000yen is 415 Pesos!!! That might be a lot for them.
All that said, all those factors alone, can stop people from buying. It’s NOT true that everyone is able to buy the physical albums or buy downloads. That is why they resort to download and that is why IDW offers to be able to share to those who aren’t able to buy. For some, it’s not because they wouldn’t pay to encourage Eurobeat, it’s because they can’t pay for it.
So, in conclusion, “Self-Righteous Knights”, stop trying. It’s useless. Get it thru’ your thick skulls. If you don’t want to believe me, you get off the Internet. You’ll be sad for all your life. If you stay on Internet, you need to live with piracy. You need to adapt to it.
tl;dr : Seriously, stop being lazy and read my post. That cannot be explained in one sentence.