Russia, really? With all the graft and corruption in Russia, you actually bought this propaganda? The USA has issues, but this is only an attempt to try and say "Look America! You're just like us!", which is BS.
That's absolutely not true. Sharers never had anything to do with the $1.00/song price. This price was set by the industry, not to appease file sharers but to appease record labels. Itunes had to negotiate for quite some time to get $1.00/song. I bought several complete albums from a now defunct Russian site for $4.00 or less. There is a tipping point, and the record labels need to dig deeper.
And some on itunes are going for more than $1.00. About 16 tunes makes a CD, so it's still an outrageous $16.00 per CD. I do believe there is some traction to lower prices further, and that itunes will succumb to the "Walmarts" eventually. When a song goes for a quarter, piracy will diminish. There will always be some who can't get a credit card, so there will always be some piracy. Is Wired in cahoots with the record labels?