The problem won’t go away until the music industry loses control of music pricing. Right now everything is fixed. You pay the same price in Wal-Mart for every single CD of every single genre (for the most part). It doesn’t matter if it’s #1 on the charts or the worst album of the year. All the prices are fixed because the music industry and it’s leeches (including the RIAA, corporate lawyers, copy protection companies like Macrovision) all have to have their cut. Then the artist is left with pennies of every sale. I long for the day that I can buy a CD worth of songs for $5 online and the artist gets 25%, the online costs are 25% and maybe 50% for marketing and such functions performed by the music industry now. Artists today are slaved away by the music industry. Sure several make millions and live the fat life. Others are one-hit wonders and tossed into the can dirt poor. When can an artist release his/her music when he/she wants to instead of the music industry stringing songs out as singles one at a time for months in the order they choose. The music industry has way too much control. I’d love for the artists to make their millions…I just don’t want the fatcats at Sony, BMG, etc., making millions, too just by sitting in meetings all day figuring ways to screw you and me to make more money. CD’s are a perfect example. Fatcat: “Let’s come up with a new digital medium that costs far less than audio cassettes to manufacture and sounds better, but we can sell it for 150% as much because it sounds better.” They’re killing us with CD’s. Just wait until the next medium (HDCD? Dolby Surround Audio?). I bet we’ll be paying $25 per album then and it’ll cost them 25 cents to manufacture…5 of which will actually go to the artist and the $24.75 to feed the fatcats.