The main problem with music is the lack of competition. Who is to compete with the RIAA legally? If an artist sells its music through the RIAA, then the music can only be bought at a minimum price fixed by the music industry regardless of the shop its bought from. Sometimes if you are lucky, you can get it cheaper abroad, .e.g. In Ireland it's the Highstreet (local music industry) versus CD-WOW.ie (imports from Hong-Kong). If only one company produces unique products, then they can put what ever price they feel like. :c With other products, there is wide competition, e.g. one CD-RW drive manufacturer against another. E.g. when one company dropped their CD-RW drive prices, the rest followed, thus explaining why these prices plunged. CDs have been around a lot longer than CD-RW drives obviously, but their prices have not fell like the CD-RW drives.