[QUOTE=vroom;2769442]… as always people try to listen to something before they go and buy it, I remember that back in the 80’ and 90’s copying tapes and trading tapes was the best way to listen to new music, and from doing that I purchased a lot of LP’s that otherwise I would have never got.
So if something is good and you like it you will go and get it, and enjoy it for a long time.[/QUOTE]
Great points, exactly what I thought when reading it. I can not count how many times I have bought that LP/CD after getting a tape/USB stick/download/whatever first. Even presentations here in the [I]last album you listened to[/I] thread (from you a.o. ) has caused me to buy physical media and so never underestimate the power of word to mouth. I have also had good help on other sites breaking into styles and genres I would never have gotten into without being guided by fans of that genre/style. I can imagine it is like that also for movies, but we’ll have to wait to get that confirmed. For the record, such guidance has always led to several buyins which had never happened without the albums being presented.
Like the RedFox developer said, the industry like to stress that one download is one lost sale which is nothing but nonsense while your last point stand on solid rock… “If something is good and you like it you will go and get it, and enjoy it for a long time.” - and that means buying original physical media!