Re: Provoke Change
Even before the days of digital music, very few artists/bands saw any sizeable income from CD sales. Only the very biggest acts could negotiate terms which gave them a half decent percentage on unit sales. Acts still make the majority of their cash as they always have done - playing live and merchandise.
The worst effect is seen in the shrinking of the major labels resources to invest in new bands and take risks. That said, it's all a good kick up the arse for these labels which have enjoyed decades of disproportionate power and wealth. Music making is back in the hands of musicians.