Loss of cd sales -> No more backing from record labels -> No more funding for tours and/or next album In the past, illegal downloading DID help with bands exposure, since a lot of people didn't want to blindly buy albums. But these days when you have Myspace and official band sites where you can check out music for free (not counting the countless sites where you can preview song segments), that excuse of "just checking out a band, so I'll download their entire discography" is not relevant. You people who use the excuse that buying music is expensive - don't you feel like little children? "Well, I know I shouldn't have it, but I want it, so I'll just take it". It's fucking selfish, that's what it is.