Are you thinking of that Avey Tare / Kia Brekkan thing? That actually was released as reversed. I know that a lot of people, even knowing that, still preferred to hear it “forwards.” It’s become a weird relationship between musician and audience.
I spend a lot of money on CDs, but I couldn’t possibly afford everything I have on my computer. Does that mean I just shouldn’t have the privilege of hearing it? I frequently go to shows to see bands whose albums I don’t legally own, shows I wouldn’t have gone to if I hadn’t stolen their music. Does that count for anything?
Surely pirating is illegal, but is it always immoral? Or even bad for artists in all cases? I’m not trying to defend it, I have some serious qualms about it. But there is a large gray area.