How much do we support our favorite artists?
Just some rambling thoughts:
I have a big CD collection; probably over a thousand. But a lot of that was gotten cheaply - used CDs, music club intro deals, "buy one,get 3 free" deals, etc. In these cases, artists don't get paid for the sale. That's obvious for used CDs, but most artist contracts stipulate that no royalties are paid on free club merchandise. That's why some artists' CDs aren't available as free or reduced price discs; their contract forbids it.
So, though these are legal and moral transactions, no $$ for the artist. Of course, since I don't give a whit about "the industry", I feel somewhat bad that some of my favorites have made no more money from me than if I'd just gotten free MP3s.
I wonder how much bands would make if they had "donate" buttons on their web sites for salving peoples' consciences. hehehe. I'd pay a buck for every BMG disc I already had that I liked.