I'm not talking about direction & styles but distribution, and how this will affect production. I've been thinking about this and just wondered what everyone else has been thinking... On Ebay you can / could (some of the auctions got shut down but a lot didn't) get a set a MP3s on DVDs, containing well over 350 hiphop albums for less than £20. It contained all (as in every released album, + underground stuff, mixtapes & freestyles etc) by JayZ, Wu, Em., 50 / G-unit, Snoop, B.I.G, etc. Alot of stuff I've never seen for sale, or heard of, before. I'm not advertising or condoning (blah, blah) but if that's what you're into there's massive collections available. Not just hiphop, just one example, there's others too. This week's Top 50 albums on one CD for £10? That can't be good for music... Point is...Copying music used to be taping a record or CD, or buying a cheap knock off. Now you can buy massive illegal collections very cheaply. And anyone can copy and pass them on at the same quality. Where's it gonna go next? I can see Ipod's being legally sold fully loaded by genre, or individual musical taste within a few years. I think the music industry will have to, in order to scrape any revenue back from pirates / sharers. How will the music industry cope? Is it gonna mean more XFactors and less real acts? Cos the commercial labels want safer and safer bets (and make millions from the TV Show so the winner's music and sales become much less important). I think mainstream music will get safer and safer, with less investment in new acts, of all kinds. Less new bands will break, and only currently well established acts or music that can be made in bedrooms, or garages, like that tame acoustic Daniel Powter stuff. It's not just commercial music. The whole of music changing. There's countless DnB tracks and mixes posted by people on here that only exist digitally, listened to as D/L's or streamed. Which is great that the music out there, but it has moved away from the 'revenue stream' and very few tracks will recieve the audience, or financial reimbursement they deserve (yeah I know it's a hobby, but not a cheap one, and money / progression is essential at some point). How are record shops, from specialist dance music to HMV gonna cope when everything available to D/L? Who knows? Any ideas? Has anyone else been thinking about this?