This year, if you’re looking for a great personalized gift to give someone, please don’t burn a mixtape CD from your library of favorite songs. Instead, buy a CD that you think the recipient may like, or give an iTunes gift card.
Or, if you do want to go the personal route, go ahead with the mixtape idea, but be sure to buy each song from iTunes or another legal source like Amazon MP3 and use those when you burn the tracklist. While you’re doing this, be sure to buy as many copies as you are planning on burning.
Basically, this Christmas, if you want to share the gift of music with someone, remember that musicians need to be able to get gifts for their loved ones as well. Please support them by purchasing their music legally during your holiday shopping.
It may not be the cheapest route, but its definitely the most thoughtful one.