The excuse that music should be free is a good one because it is true. Music, like food, should be free. But you still have to pay for convenience. You can’t walk out of the supermarket with a box of cereal. You have to pay because you didn’t grow the grain and process the food and add sugar you made yourself and all the other things that went into putting a box of cereal in a store. Same with music. Make your own and it is free. Get someone else to make it, buy equipment, hire studios and such … and you have to pay for that convenience. Believe me, it is cheaper to buy songs than it is to make songs.