Hello forum, I was thinking about something recently and wanted to get some input from the forum. So I purchased the double disc of Iconoclast on Amazon for $14.72. However, I had already downloaded the leaked version BEFORE I bought it on Amazon. So my reason for purchasing the album was, more or less, to support SX so they can keep making music. While yes some people like to see the actual cd with lyrics, case, etc, I tend to only care about the music. Therefore, when I spent that $14.72 I bet that less than $3 of that goes to Symphony X. I would say $5 at MOST of that $14.72 would actually get to them, but I believe the actual amount is much less. So my "contribution" to the band just for this album is less than $5. Considering that I already downloaded the album online, I thought it would be better if instead of spending $14.72 I just sent Symphony X $10 (money order, etc) in the mail. Therefore SX makes more than $5 (the amount they get when I buy Iconoclast) and I spend less than $14.72 (as $10< 14.72), so it makes us BOTH better off. Why can't I find some way to just send SX money? I would prefer this method for all bands that I purchase music from. And, in theory, wouldn't this make them better off as well? Since almost anyone can get the leaked album, why not have fans send in $ instead of buying the cd? My first reaction to why this may not work is that SX NEEDS album sales to possibly get sponsors, for Nuclear Blast to provide them funding, for tour reasons, etc. So the $3 they get from my $14.72 is made up elsewhere once they include the "positive externality" associated with more album sales. Let me know what you guys think.