+1 to all of the above commentary in general. I expressed similar sentiments in a comment that was reposted as a separate article here:
It amazes and saddens me that they STILL don't get it :
"people who pirate music actually purchase more than those who donâ€™t"
Those are the people with the passion to go looking for it in the first place. My mom doesn't download or share music at all. Because she doesn't listen to music at all. Via itunes or the radio or the mp3 player she was given as a gift and has never used. I, on the other hand, will be a cranky person indeed if I should forget to bring the detachable face of my car stereo with me on even a 10 minute drive. And I would sooner spend 20 bucks on Sting's next album to rip to the mp3 player on my cell phone rather than on the pre-paid minutes to make it useable as a phone if I had to choose between the two. And yet, though I did buy a download of a non-commercial piece, I have not been moved to to purchase a single cd for a number of years now.
I downloaded quite a bit of music back in the days of Morpheus and Audiogalaxy after the demise of Napster, but even then the titles were mostly restricted to those I already owned in vinyl or cassette form anyway, and tihs was an easy way to migrate them to cd without having to buy my extensive collection all over again in a new medium. From about 1884 until the turn of the millennium the majority of my discretionary income was spent on music, but there was less and less that I even wanted to listen to on the radio, much less purchase on overpriced cd by the time downloading became fashionable enough to catch the attention of the RIAAsses. And this from someone who actually spent money on n'sync's "Pop", and some Disney bubble-gum girl group called 'b*witched" (and yes, I bought Brittany Spears first album too)!
My digital collection, largely garnered online, is at least 100gb large, and more than 99% comprised of music that was released prior to 2002. I'd wager though that they would have seen declining profit anyway because of the music (ie "content") they have been "providing" (ie attempting to shove down our throats because corporations see us as "consumers" existing to line their pockets rather than discerning customers who can tell shit from shinola). File sharing is just a convenient excuse for the Industry to try and justify their own misguided attempts at creating false scarcity to generate profit, and that profit has now given them a lust for power and control which is not attainable in an age of communication that bypasses the traditional gatekeepers. The rise of the internet has CHANGED the dynamics of the equation irrevocably but they aren't ready to acknowledge that the world has moved on...
Sorry fellas, there's simply more of us than there are of you. It's time to find something else to exploit.
... Oh, wait a minute. I guess that is exactly what they are attempting to do...