The recording industry has refused to believe that online music sales could work; that piracy was inevitable. Not so. Many people were pirating songs because they weren’t given a viable legal alternative.
The recording industry’s assault on the P2P networks have made these services difficult to use. They have been flooding the networks with corrupted versions of popular songs so that it takes many tries to get a clean copy. Incedently, this tactic has been far more effective than taking users to court. Probably alot cheaper too.
This vigilante action has created a void that Apple has come to fill. Last week, Apple launched the Windows version of it’s previously Mac-only service and they reached the 1 million song mark in just 3 days. Nice moves. They are finally thinking before acting on reflex.