I just wonder if those, who so happily download as much as they can - as long as it is free, ever consider the damaging effect on the industry and artists involved.
I have recently issued a previously unreleased recording of Alfredo Campoli and Peter Katin, recorded during a live recital. I know for sure that for every copy I sell many more will appear without any royalties being paid or support for, me, the CD producer.
I have a substantial collection of live recordings of orchestral concerts and chamber music and would like to share them with music lovers. However, the production costs are very high; believe it or not, it is not just the cost of the CD and jewel case, the bulk of expence goes to paying the artists, composers, music publishers, advertising etc.
No one enters the CD business with a view to making money. I am currently supporting a substantial loss and doubt that I will ever recouperate it. Nevertheless having begun I intend to continue for as long as I can, or until I am forced out by the 'free downloaders'.
I think you might be amazed to see the list of recordings I have in my archives, if you are interested, and are prepared to pay £10 plus £3 postage to hear an 'Audio, Mirror image' of a live concert as many times as you wish, then have a look and listen to: www.orchestralconcertcds.com