|2004-05-02 05:29 (UTC)
RIAA studies tend to leave out the decline in disposable income among young people since 1999. Combined with artificially inflated CD prices, that accounts for a great deal of the decline in sales.
My personal experience has been that music downloading has led me to buy many more CDs in the past two years than I did in the five years before that.
And now that there are places where I can pay for downloads, I'm quite happy to shell out 79, 89 or even 99 cents per song. The main thing about music downloads isn't the price, it's convenience. Why should I have to buy an entire album to get the one song I like? Why should I have to buy an entire album to find out whether I like any of it other than the song or songs that get radio play?
If the music industry had jumped on the bandwagon and offered legal downloads as soon as the MP3 technology got out there, file sharing would never have become an issue, from what I can see.