Re: downloading music
Just because it's illegal doesn't mean it's wrong. Look at how long women weren't allowed to vote. There was a time when alcohol was illegal, too. Downloading music is currently illegal, but I'm looking forward to the day when it's legal, and that day will come. The music industry is mad about it because they're losing money, which is understandable, and they're doing everything they can to fight it. Unfortunately for the industry, they have to adapt, and it's going to be a difficult transition for them.
I've spent thousands of dollars on music in my lifetime, and I've spent just as much on shows and band merchandise. If it's about the money, there are ways to do it without selling the music. The music industry has been greedy for decades, and I think it's about time things get more fair. Music is an art, and if you treat it that way, you shouldn't be concerned about the income.
nate, if I may ask, what is your occupation in the industry? Feel free to PM me.