My response to this is the same that I felt when movie stars begged people to watch their movies in the theatre and not to buy pirated copies
Since I already wrote about that I am putting my repeat response in the form of questions.
Dear darling of the masses,
Aren't you happy and satisfied at the deepest level that hearts all over the world are beating to your music?
Isn't that what performing is all about? Knowing that the song reaches out and resonates in the hearts of friends and foes alike?
Before technology such as recording and copying happened wasn't the income of performers much lesser than what it is now?? Wasn't Mozart really, really poor?
Weren't most stars just local icons then?
Aren't you revered all over the world, and earn millions more, all because of technology?
Do you seriously think you can stop people from downloading music?