fast forward 5 years in the future: lets say that the record labels get their way. all cd's coming from the major labels are now copy protected, and you can only play them in newer cd players (built from, lets say, today and 5 years from today). lets say they come out with new DVD/CD drives that let you play dvds and cds in your computer still but prevent copying aside from analog, or the copy protection involves scrambling the cd so that it loads like a program, with the songs encrypted inside, and when you put the CD in the drive the artwork pops up and you can hit PLAY and the cd plays, but you CAN'T rip it. what then? do you think the public will just buy it, stop copying music, and, effectively, return to the state of vinyl records. or will something else happen? do you think the general populus might reject this? if so, what then? my roommate and i were discussing this last night, and we thought that this might result in something where instead of buying a record in a store, you download the music from the bands website, bypassing the record company entirely. or maybe people will just start buying indie records instead of stuff from big labels. maybe a new label or label coalition will form of non-copy protected music. it's kind of like the microsoft vs. open source deal... and, for the record, i'm against copy protection, but i do think people shouldn't be able to get music for free.