I just read that record sales are down 14% this year. It is a shame, because this has actually been a year when a fair amount of good to great records have been released. I don’t understand, especially in a capitalist system, why people don’t understand the idea that artists near to be paid for their work. I mean I think creative people will create no matter how much money they are making. However, if people are investing in their work they will create more and possibly do more groundbreaking work, as making records takes money. Making records that really push the boundaries of what recorded sound can do really takes money! The more you stream or steal, the more you are just going to end up with pop being just elevator music. Music that sounds good in car commercials. Those that make car commercial music are rewarded more than those that make great albums. How sad is that?!!! So if you want there to be a large amount of decent music being made, invest in artists. That is the deal, someone makes something you like that inspires you, spend ten dollars investing in their work. Then there is the possibility that they will make something else that inspires you. That might not always be the case, but anything you invest in has a slight amount of risk involved. In Canada artists often get grants from the government when they start out. That is not going to happen here, not for a long time if ever, in the world of pop music anyway. We need individuals to step up to the plate. Stealing is stealing anyway you cut it, and streaming isn’t paying out like selling records is yet. So there you go, you know who you are? If you value something make a small investment in something. It will lead to more things that you value.