An interesting read i found just now on Greg Puciato's personal website:
He answer a question from a student in Belfast who is writing a paper on the influence of online file sharing.
Greg's answer is most remarkable and i completely follow his philosophy.
I'm not going to be a hypocrite about it, i download music to and about 60% of me and my girlfriend's collection are mp3's. As a student it's just so damn hard to lay down a minimum of 16€ for a CD or a vinyl. I understand that there is a minimum but if we end up blocking every way of peer to peer sharing they should try to bring prices down so that everyone will be more likely to buy CD's or even buy songs online.
If i have to choose, i'd rather go see a band live than buy their CD. Once i will be earning money i'm sure my budget will increase but for now i'm going to shows and buying an album once every 2 months.
I started this year with the resolution of buying one album a month but it's undoable if you want to do anything else than sit on your couch and watch TV.
Yay on banning illegal downloading and a big yay on trying to get better price rates on vinyl and CD.
I just love to have the physical presence of an album so i'm not gonna buy mp3's online.
People who don't have a visa-card are screwed anyways if they want to buy music via itunes.
Read the article, it's great and go buy an album.