Like most of my peers in the 1980s, I thought of it as nothing seriously wrong. We desired the music, and there were ready suppliers plying the trade, by day and by night. After all, we paid for it.
I would buy a blank 8-track cartridge (later, compact cassettes), and drive down to a record shop in Penang Road, and then made my selections from a variety of LPs in the shop, and the latter would copy all the marked songs onto my tape.
I think it cost about 10 ringgit per cartridge. Everyone was happy (except the folks who produced the songs) – the shopkeeper was thankful and, I was delighted with my new set of “playlist”. I was more concerned with the music pieces being copied right, than with the copyrights.
Those were the days….
It happened in 1968 or so. Succumbing to the sweet persuasion of a Rediffusion salesman, we subscribed to this novel “Cable Audio” entertainment service, for a grand sum of RM7 per month.
Installation came with a speaker box and a 2-channel selector/volume control switch. Channel A was called the Gold Network and B, the Silver Network.
Habis lah ! Thenceforth we were held hostage by the numerous (more like endless) highly addictive stories, talk shows and fabulous songs & music, in Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew and English. (Can’t remember if there were Malay or Tamil programs).
That notwithstanding, all the silver tales and golden fables could not fend off the onslaught of competing technologies, and also failed to satiate ever-changing entertainment cravings. I believe the service has ceased; but memories linger.