The ongoing war between the record industry and the music-buying public has taken a turn for the worse in recent years. After winning the format war (forcing record collectors to rebuy their collections on the sonically inferior CD) and then triumphing on the financial front (the retail cost of a new album today vs. that 20 years ago outstrips the inflation rate for a gallon of gas in the same time frame), the industry has spent the last year fighting to ensure its absolute control over music's future. Confident that the Supreme Court will rule in their favor, the Recording Industry Association of America rejected Napster's offer of $1 billion in compensation for copyright infringement, a figure some industry insiders consider "too low for the amount of earnings... More >>>