I recall reading a related interview with Pete Seeger many years ago (back in the age of records) Back then he used to encourage people to make as many tape copies as they could and pass the music on to their friends. He figured that in the long run it was better for him as more people would know who he was and would be more likely to come and hear him perform and also more likely to buy a new recording if they knew what he sounded like. I think this theory has worked for some more modern performers as well... Phish comes to mind.... they used to record their live shows and flood the p2p services with their mp3s. Last summer I was playing a gig where a German tourist became quite excited to see me because he had some of music that he had downloaded from the web or somebody had given him a copy of a copy... anyway, he bought copies of everything I had and I have since gotten a few orders from Germany due to his enthusiasm. Paul Haslem Ontario, Canada Quoting 3nki <firstname.lastname@example.org>: > i think you'd be better off giving away CDs to boost your audience so > you could charge higher ticket prices for your performances, rather > than trying to make money from selling CDs.