Here we have a schizoid situation brought about and perpatuated by Napster (including all Napster copycats) users and the music companies alike.
Two things I feel are indisputable:
CD prices have mushroomed from an average of $14 to about $19 within the last two years.
Napster users have no intention to buy what they download.
So here we have our quandry:
Napster proponents argue that the costs of CD's are too high. Music companies argue that Napster users siphon off revenue from lost sales, causing the need for higher CD prices to offset th. So, CD prices go up. MORE people use Napster. Sensing a further loss in revenue, the CD prices go up AGAIN, causing MORE people to use it.
It's a vicious cycle from which there appears no exit.
Is it a case of greed on the part of the record companies? Is it a case of a new generation of tightwad kids trying to slither out of paying? In other words, 'legalized' shoplifting.
I hear that Napster is going to start charging on a per use basis (which IMHO they should've been doing all along). Will that bring CD prices down, or will just a new Napster-like site pop up, taking us back to square one?