None of this is new with record companies. They have mastered the art of the old bait and switch routine. They do it to artists and consumers alike. There are small ways a consumer can help the artists out a little. For instance, if you steal someone's songs (we've all done it in one way or another), be honest, then purchase any item you possibly can from them, be it a sticker, t-shirt, lanyard, wristband, anything. We all know that nowadays bands try to sell ANYTHING with their name on it. The reason to do this is that a bands merchandise royalty is usually a LOT higher than their music royalty...... Especially bands that aren't signed at all. On a final note, WE DO NOT NEED RECORD COMPANIES. I'll say it again : WE DO NOT NEED RECORD COMPANIES. Great music will never die and people will easily find it with today's communication technology.