statistically, CD sales have dropped since the copy-protection schemes have kicked in (I don’t have the link handy). Rightfully so.

If you look at how many CDs are out there now as opposed to years ago, sales are barely off if you consider catalogue sales were bound to peak when people were buying their first CD players and updating their cassettes all those years ago. I’m expecting a new format (SACD? DVD-A?) anytime now so those greedy bastards can get their money.