T-bird: When tape recorders came out that was going to be the end of the record industry, then VCR's were going to be the end of the movie industry. This however is a little different. To record a Tape you had to go out to the store and buy the tape, not only is this a MAJOR inconvenience but a decent quality tape was almost as much if not more then the original record would cost, SO you would just buy the original. To make copies for YOURSELF and YOURSELF ONLY has held up in court as legel. To take a tape, cd or what ever and make a copy for your friends IS illegal. When you do that the artist does not get the royalties that they deserve. Anyhow what makes MP3's so attractive is that you do not have to get in your car to go out and buy anything, you just go sit in your seat and go on line and download. No one gets royalties, and sales of CD's go WAY down. Then why do they want to pay artists and so on and so forth.