> 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 respect 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 fingertips). Rainer 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.