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>       they do spend lots of money on tickets for festivals & concerts.

Now at last there's something positive (from the musicians' point of view)
in this thread: while the "felt value" of a CD has decreased for the buying
public (and thus their urge to buy one), with it comes a grown appreciation
of live music. Perhaps this has to do with the availability of powerful
audio software (in combination with CD recorders) which allows any
playroom-based wannabe to shell out their own CDs - consumers simply 
recorded music less, but on the other hand are willing to spend more on
seeing artists actually perform music (or are willing to listen to live
music at all).

So for us non-signed artists, it's back to make money from performing (just
the way it was before the advent of CD recording technology at your


ps: to avoid any confusion, with the statement above I do not want to show
that the situation for artists has improved or even stayed the same. It's
just some observation, mainly from the consumer's point of view.