bulls@%t! the only reason that music sales are on the up is because of some decent CDs finally starting to come out (egs: white stripes, queens of the stone age, incubus, jane's addiction, outkast...) these are the kinds of albums that are actually purchased by the discerning appreciative listeners. do britney spears / justin timberlake / mtv flavor of the week fans actually know or care too much about music? it seems that these and countless pre-fab, generic, market-tested bands (?) are the ones being downloaded the most... isn't that ironic considering that they're manufactured by the same companies that whine about losing sales?