I just read an interesting argument on the Pirate Party forum. The large entertainment corporations are blaming piracy for their decrease in profits, but perhaps the fact that industry is changing is the main reason. The poster points out that freeware music is as high quality as commercially produced entertainment, so a lot of listeners are moving away from overpriced albums. The same poster pointed out that singles are far cheaper than entire albums, which is why people tend to spend money on singles. I already mentioned this, but I know I’ll rather pay less than an euro for the one song I actually want, and get a digital version while at it. In the same thread, another poster suggested that music culture is (again) moving toward live entertainment as the main attraction, recordings being the side product.
I’m not saying it’s true, but it’s food for thought anyway.