I just picked up a book called "The Future of Music". Only read the first 15 or so pages but it got me really thinking. It's pretty much saying that in a couple of years selling music is going to be like trying to sell snow at the north pole, and the only way musicians are going to be able to profit from music will be through live performances (david bowie actually said that). It also says that there will be people who will fight it tooth and nail, and loose, and those that will go with the flow, survive, and perhaps come up with some great new ideas. I work in a school so I started asking my classes how many kids have bought a cd in the last year. Out of about 150 kids, 4 said they did. I asked how many ever bought a song off of itunes. They roll their eyes and look at one another. The attitude is generally that itunes is for the ignorant and the old. people who don't realize that music is free. they also, in 100% seriousness don't consider it stealing music. they believe they're sharing. jaywalking is more out of line than downloading music. anyhoo... i decided to throw in the towel and download kazaa. i figured i'm missing out on something great that's winning out anyhow, and my ethics are only shooting myself in the foot. so... as soon as i freaking download it my antivirus comes up with 3 viruses. didnn't even attempt to download a song, only kazaa. i tried my hand at "sharing" a couple of songs. most of what i wanted couldn't be flound. downloaded 2 songs thinking i'm going to learn some great basslines - they sound like crap? they distort and sound nothing like cd quality nor the quality of mp3s I've made on my own. i am not motivated anymore to play this sharing/stealing game. what's up with all this? what are your thoughts, and do you share/steal music?