Thanks to the recommendation engine of emusic.com I recently discovered Arovane. I liked it so much, I grabbed two albums and listened to them a couple of times each.
Thanks to the scrobbling of last.fm, it appears that I'm a top listener of Arovane's Tides album.
Of course, I didn't know that until I got a private message from someone in the UK saying that he noticed I was a top listener of said album and could I hook him up with a free copy.
Now I am a big fan of sharing music... with friends. It forms part of the substrate of culture we share together. This request from a complete stranger, however, seemed different.
So I said sorry and as politely as I could suggested that he support the artist by buying a copy for themselves. Or asking the artist directly for a free copy.
What would you have done?