At no point was I discussing streaming though. You've taken what I've said about digital sales and twisted it into something completely different. I was not even discussing streaming other than to point out that it took off in about 2009. Digital music sales to download to your hard drive started in earnest in 2003. With the traditional distribution model, albeit with Apple's store front. So until we go down the route of discussing artistic integrity, how do you account for the record labels' collective failure to notice the technological possibilities of online distribution from approximately 1995 to 2003?You didn't address mine - how are emerging artists able to make a living, even though they can access cheap distribution?
Why have the leading pirates joined the board of streaming companies?
Is the market broken or not?
If the 'market decides' that means music is like KFC. Markets follow popular money makers, not artistic integrity.
So you've ignored my point, decided to make another one (that is valid) but then ask that I answer your point when you won't do the same for mine?
Chris, I don't dislike you mate and I respect your outlook and experience but it's very hard to engage in a debate with you when you just ignore what I'm saying and try to steer the debate towards unrelated points.