Free is over

The Internet user is shifting consumption from free to paid.  

Paid is just way more convenient than free.  And the digital packaging is superior.  

Newspapers are finally profiting from paywalls. Legitimate music downloads and subscription services continue growing.  

YouTube users now expect a pre-roll, a blend of TV-like advertising with DVR capabilities.  Google’s content tags guarantee someone is getting paid for the impression.

The era of free is dying out to better paid alternatives.  It’s too burdensome to steal.  Money is going back to the artists.  

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of and four books.