Originally Posted by Lunar Satellite Brian
personally I know many people who pirate music then pay for the album later.
It's a pretty common thing among most of my friends who are into music, yes some people won't pay for it, but there definitely are people who are willing to contribute money to the bands they support, even if it's just buying T-shirts or other merch.
And we could go into whether or not this is ethical(which clearly is where this is headed), but that doesn't change the fact that artists need to adjust to this, not ignore it.
I don't mean to get into an ethical debate, purely practical. If an artist can't recoup their investment, they are relegated to amateur or non-participant. That's my main point. One of the ways artists choose to adapt is by pursuing another field of endeavor, just like any other business.