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Pop & Piracy, # 3
Liu2xing2yin1yue4 He2 Dao4ban3, San1
流行音乐和盗版,三

A:

The news media doesn't talk about this?
Nei4xie1 xin1wen2 mei2ti3 bu4 tan2lun4 zhei4ge4 ma?
那些新闻媒体不谈论这个吗?
Note: literally... those ~ news media ~ not ~ discuss ~ this?

I'm saying, about the issue of Kugou and downloads?
Wo3 shi4 shuo1 guan1yu2 ku4gou3 hai2you3 xia4zai3 de wen4ti2?
我是说关于酷狗还有下载的问题?

I assume record companies ...
Wo3 yi3wei2 chang4pian4 gong1si1 ...
我以为唱片 公司……

also definitely are strongly opposing illegal downloading ...
ye3 yi1ding4 xiang1dang1 fan3dui4 fei1fa3 xia4zai3 ...
也一定相当反对非法下载……
Note: literally... also ~ definite ~ quite / considerably ~ oppose / dispute ~ illegal ~ download

Xiaoyin:

Even if the media frequently talks about this issue, ...
Ji4shi3 mei2ti3 jing1chang2 tao3lun4 zhe4ge4 wen4ti2, ...
即使媒体经常讨论这个问题,……

some people still will overlook it.
you3xie1 ren2 hai2shi4 hui4 hu1lve4 ta1.
有些人还是会忽略它。

This is the cheapest and simplest way to listen to music.
Zhe4shi4 ting1 yin1yue4 zui4 lian2jia4 zui4 jian3dan1 de fang1fa3.
这是听音乐最廉价最简单的方法。

They don't realize - illegally downloading music ...
Ta1men mei2you3 yi4shi2 dao4 fei1fa3 xia4zai3 yin1yue4 ...
他们没有意识到非法下载音乐……
Note: literally... they ~ not ~ realize ~ illegal ~ download ~ music

isn't fair to musicians and artists.
dui4 yin1yue4ren2 he2 yi4shu4jia1 shi4 bu4 gong1ping2 de.
对音乐人和艺术家是不公平的。
Note: literally... towards ~ music-person ~ and ~ artist ~ is ~ not ~ fair ~ de

Also, they probably won't be fined.
Er2qie3, ta1men bu4hui4 bei4 fa2kuan3.
而且,他们不会被罚款。
Note: From the perspective of an English speaker "hui4" and "bu4hui4" can be a bit amorphous. Sometimes they mean "can" and "can't", sometimes they mean "may" and "unlikely to".

A:

I feel that American people who do this kind of thing ...
Wo3 jue2de2 zhe4me zuo4 de mei3guo2ren2 ...
我觉得这么做的美国人……

may think that their actions help themselves but don't hurt others ...
hui4 xiang3 zi4ji3 de xing2wei2 li4ji3 bu4 sun3ren2 ...
会想自己的行为利己不损人……
Note: literally... likely to ~ think ~ benefit self ~ de ~ behavior ~ benefit ~ not ~ harmful to others

because even if they don't listen ...
yin1wei2 ji4shi3 ta1men bu4ting1, ...
因为即使他们不听,……

those singers also won't become better off.
nei4xie1 ge1shou3 ye3 bu4hui4 bian4de2 geng4hao3.
那些歌手也不会变得更好。
Note: literally... those ~ singer ~ also ~ won't ~ become ~ better

Xiaoyin:

But in China, people just want to listen to music.
Dan4shi4 zai4 Zhong1guo2, ren2men zhi3shi4 xiang3 ting1 yin1yue4.
但是在中国,人们只是想听音乐。

They can always find those free resources.
Ta1men zong3shi4 neng2 zhao3dao4 na4xie1 mian3fei4 de zi1yuan2.
他们总是能找到那些免费的资源。

They also don't feel that the singers would mind.
Ta1men ye3 bu4 jue2de2 ge1shou3 hui4 zai4yi4 zhei4ge.
他们也不觉得歌手会在意这个。
Note: "zai4yi4" = to mind, to be bothered by

Their impression is that those singers have more money than themselves.
Ta1men yin4xiang4 li3 nei4xie1 ge4shou3 bi3 ta1men you3qian2.
他们印象里那些歌手比他们有钱。

A:

Then, you know, those singers, ...
Na4 ni3 zhi1dao4 nei4xie1 ge1shou3 ...
那你知道那些歌手……

in China, how to earn money?
zai4 Zhong1guo2 zen3me zhuan4qian2 ma?
在中国怎么赚钱吗?

It seems that they definitely can't ...
Hao3xiang4 ta1men bing4 bu4neng2 ...
好像他们并不能……

make money from CDs and online music ...
cong2 CD he2 zai4xian4 yin1yue4 shang4 zhuan4 dao4 qian2 ...
从CD和在线音乐上赚到钱……

Xiaoyin:

Singers hold concerts to make money.
Ge1shou3 ju3ban4 yin1yue4hui4 lai2 zhuan4 qian2.
歌手举办音乐会来赚钱。

Their music relies on the Internet to be spread, ...
Ta1men de yin1yue4 kao4 hu4lian2wang3 chuan2bo1, ...
他们的音乐靠互联网传播,……

after they become famous they can hold concerts.
cheng2ming2 hou4 ta1men hui4 ju3ban4 yin1yue4hui4.
成名后他们会举办音乐会。

People who want to see them may buy tickets to go see them.
Xiang3 kan4 de ren2 hui4 mai3 piao4 qu4 kan4.
想看的人会买票去看。

A:

I hear that vocal concerts in China are very expensive ...
Wo3 ting1shuo1 yan3chang4hui4 zai4 Zhong1guo2 hen3 gui4 ...
我听说演唱会在中国很贵……

- generally how much money?
– yi1ban1 duo1shao3 qian2?
——一般多少钱?

Xiaoyin:

Yes, but some people still can buy.
Shi4de, dan4shi4 you3xie1 ren2 hai2shi4 hui4 mai3.
是的,但是有些人还是会买。

Some tickets are expensive because of the seat's location.
You3xie1 piao4 gui4 shi4 yin1wei2 zuo4wei4 de wei4zhi4.
有些票贵是因为座位的位置。
Note: literally... some ~ ticket ~ expensive ~ is ~ because ~ seat ~ de ~ location / position

Some tickets, the common person also can afford.
You3xie1 piao4 pu3tong1ren2 ye3 neng2 cheng2shou4.
有些票普通人也能承受。
Note: "cheng2shou4" = accept, bear, endure

Different prices depend on ...
Bu4tong2 de jia4ge2 qu3jue2 yu2 ...
不同的价格取决于……
Note: "qu3jue2 yu2" = depend on, decided by

the vocal concert's size or seat locations.
yan3chang4hui4 de gui1mo2 huo4 zuo4wei4 de wei4zhi4.
演唱会的规模或座位的位置。
Note: literally... concert / vocal recital ~ de ~ scale ~ or ~ seat ~ de ~ seat / location

A:

Then - "price that common people can afford" - means what?
Na4 pu3tong1ren2 neng2 cheng2shou4 de jia4ge2 shi4 shen2me yi4si?
那普通人能承受的价格是什么意思?

Xiaoyin:

100 to 300.
Yi1bai3 dao4 san1bai3.
一百到三百。

Also, some are lower than 100.
Ye3 you3 yi1xie1 di1yu2 yi1bai3 de.
也有一些低于一百的。


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