TechCruch’s Michael Arrington posted an interesting (and controversial) article on the future of the music industry: The Inevitable March of Recorded Music Towards Free
Definitely some good points, and an interesting read (although I haven’t had the patience to troll through the numerous comments…). I am not sure I completely agree with the fact that the price of music will inevitably be free, although I can follow his reasoning. But I for one am definitely willing to pay a reasonable amount of money for music if the conditions are right, even if I could easily download it for free. An amount of $5 per album (in high quality digital form, and of course without DRM) seems fair, as long as the majority of this money goes directly to the artist.
I also loved hearing Trent Reznor’s (aka Nine Inch Nails) take on this issue. :)