Dan Bricklin, sharp inventor of the first spreadsheet VisiCalc has done a fascinating study of the recent weak RIAA records sales numbers. Read this for some interesting analysis: http://www.bricklin.com/recordsales.htm So perhaps the unprecedented price increase killed off some sales and not downloads? This is great analysis with another perspective on the whole thing. I think the industry should embrace digital downloads because it will happen anyway. Why should consumers buy a CD for $18 and find out only two songs are good? Bottom line: the customer is always right. What do you think?