Labels: whatever the future of music is, it isn't "free"

Selling CDs at $12 a pop is quickly becoming an untenable business model. Digital downloads, while significant and growing rapidly, don’t make up for the CD’s decline. Things have gotten so bad in the music industry that people have begun to wonder whether selling recorded music will even be a viable business model a decade from now or whether music will become nothing more than a promotional item used to sell concert tickets, band T-shirts, and copies of Guitar Hero.