Well, I read all the posts, and I still don't know what to think of it. One thing is for sure: the future is very uncertain for musicians/bands. And I also think that we need another business model, but what?
It would be a good start if the music industry not only would look to how much they can earn, how much they can squeeze out an artist because the shareholders are too greedy, but really go back to the days when good music really still meant something. And maybe (but it's a little maybe) could the musicians themselves changes the situation.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but there are small lights in the dark. Some good internet radio stations select on quality; they don't play just whatever, and one can see on their fast growing audience that people appreciate this kind of approach. I would like to put my hope on that...