My personal opinion :The RIAA , as we know it , will eventually be the death to commercialized cdrom music , as we know it. The industry itself has also killed the cdrom , same as they did with the tape deck , 8track and DAT.
This may sound corny , but i think both the RIAA as well as the major record labels are slowly but surely understanding , that selling cd's isn't the way to make money on music anymore.
People still make tons of money on merchandising, commercials , tours and concerts. I don't think it'll make the real popular musicians less fortunate if they all stopped selling/buying their cd's.
There are already zillions of new ideas to make money on music.
Ringtones. Here in the Netherlands some rapper already made a fortune with the mobile ringtone of his song , instead of the cd's he sold.
Games. Some games use a LOT of sountracks. Especially EA BIG are known for their excellent choices of music in their games. From all the (extreme) sports simulations Ã've seen , i've never actually played one which had a poor and crappy choiche of soundtrakcks. Amped has about 120 (!) songs in it. I'm sure they had to pay some royalties.
Movies. Really excellent movies have an even better soundtrack. Some scripts are even rewritten to make sure the music is 100% perfect for the movie. Quentin Tarantino is famous of choosing an excellent soundtrack for his movies.
Only release DVD's : Some artists have chosen to NEVER sell a cd anymore. They only sell dvd's , with extra content , superiour sound quality and (live) videoclips.