But, I do purchase cd's etc.
I have listened to lots of music which I wouldn't have bothered with if I had to buy it. Having said that I am happy to pay for the music I have heard and liked BUT how would it be if the artist to get the money and not the rip off distribution network. If the artist were getting their just reward the music would be so much cheaper and not worth the trouble of pirating. The same applies to books and the distributors are losing that battle.
CD's priced at a dollar or so is what I'm talking about. DVD's about the same.