When I got into metal it was all copied cassettes between friends. The thing was though, once I got into the music more, I had to have the originals, and that had nothing to do with giving back to the artist, I just wanted to have the proper product in full quality with the artwork. And I had FUCK ALL money. There was nothing like the feeling of finally having enough cash to go buy a few albums from the local metal store. I think the issue now is that people don't care whether they own an original copy anymore. Music and art is so readily available that it's become more disposable, and I don't really see that as a good thing. Also colours aren't as colourful and food don't taste good no more etc. That's just an extreme hypothetical. There will/should always be means of sampling music before purchasing. I'd like to see a link to this/these studies. I have friends in the industry cool who work for labels that do metal primarily and they've told me that album sales are way down because of downloading and they're having to re-think their whole approach to being financially viable. I also disagree re. the people who "wouldn't buy it anyway". What would they do, not listen to music?