While reading this article I had an epiphany. "U.S. album sales were down about 7 percent as 2005 drew to a close" I'm about sick of the recording industry blaming their troubles on 'pirates' and making up ridiculous numbers to make their case. Though this article does not mention pirates - plenty more do. 1/3 music CDs sold are pirated Each year, the industry loses about $4.2 billion to piracy worldwide (both of which appear to be total bunk. ) Lets look at another old media; Since 2000, Saturday night network TV viewership has dropped 39 percent, compared to 16 percent for the seven nights in total, according to Nielsen Media Research. Now, unless people are pirating their TV shows this does not add up. Both media are in decline because of new options and poor quality - not illegal file swappers. Pirate swappers are just a boogie-man made up by RIAA executives desperate to keep their jobs - and if they have to sue and bankrupt every computer illiterate mother just to do it, they will. Now, if they were real men who could accept reality rather than create excuses, they would realize that they; 1) are no more capable of setting the music trends than Detroit was of 'telling people what they want' back in the 70s fuel crisis. 2) Are facing competition not from 'pirates' (aarrh!) but whole new forms of media. 3) They, like every other business, must innovate and adapt to survive. 4) Alienating and suing the daughters mothers and sisters of their consumers is not likely to win them more sales. 5) Same goes for installing malicious software without consent. Take a look at DVD sales - the whole time CD sales have been on the decline DVD sales have gone up - alot! Same for video games. How has the RIAA responded to this challenge during this period? By suing 12 year old girls! That'll fix the problem! Anyway - I am certain not to be buying CDs anytime soon. My boys will soon be in the demographic that buys the most CDs. I will be looking for alternate legal music sources for them unless the music industry wakes up real soon. What do you think? Is the RIAA playing fair or are they overreacting to compensate for their lack of vision?