tdgeek: ---Yeah all that file sharing is sure killing the music industry oh wait no it isn't... ---
I think you must have misread it. It says the music sales are going well, due to the ability of users to buy singles, and of online stores. It then goes on to imply, despite illegal file sharing,
You are still persisting with the belief that 1 download = 1 lost sale, which is simply not true at all.
There have always and will always be people who do things like: Watch the cricket from the roofs of houses around Eden park rather than buying a ticket and being closer in the stand OR hang around outside rock concerts listening to the music.
For these people the value of the paid experience hasn't surpassed the free lower quality experience.
The only way to capture some of that market is to make things cheaper, faster/more convenient or a better experience.
Historically trying to artificially restrict things just annoys everyone, doesn't win over these guys ^ and alienates your existing customers.