The days of raiding the crates for music are over. The internet has allowed many of us to discover many non-mainstream forms of music. We otherwise would have never known any better because there are few places that cater to the niche markets.
Just go to any music store in a mall and you will find just a handful of albums, usually produced by large record labels or sub-labels within them. The changes in the supply of music are allowing us to truly have a better selection. The large traditional music stores are complaining that the internet is stealing all their income, but ask yourselves this:
If our disposable income has changed little over the past couple years, and we now have more choices of media to spend our money on (videogames, DVD’s, computers, I-pods, etc) then isn’t it reasonable to argue that the declining income of the music industry giants is not as tied to piracy as it is to more competition from other media?