I think downloading can be a good way of getting into new bands. I have gotten into a few bands by downloading one or two tracks online and then going out and buying the albums, whereas I probibly wouldn't have taken the chance without hearing something by them first. The problem is there appear to be too many people who hold the idea that music isn't worth paying for. I remember a couple of years ago I got talking to someone about music and CD collections and she said to me "I have over 10,000 albums", I was like "Wow, that's a lot!" and then she added "All downloaded. I hardly ever pay for music". That really annoyed me. Aside from that, I don't think that having a load of MP3's or tatty CDR's is as good as having an actual CD collection. I think that part of the fun is browsing through record stores, having a booklet and artwork to look at, reading through the lyrics, etc. etc. By downloading you lose all of that.