Originally Posted by chrisso
It's more the "you can't compete with free" argument.
The top music software is well promoted and well known, that doesn't prove people will buy it when a free version is available.
No one claims music software isn't as good as it was 5 to 10 years ago.
So it's a good product, widely understood and easy to obtain, but many still wont pay for it.
I may be wrong here, but IMO it seems that there is an increased awareness among certain groups of people that software needs to be supported and developed. Smaller developers like U-he and Camel Audio appear to be doing ok, and I know many people who were condoning certain activities in the late '90s which they no longer do so (and I count myself among the converted).
Perhaps this is drowned out by the massive uptake (and availability)of creative type software, and mass acceptance/brainwashing certain companies and shills engage in for less legal methods of acquisition, but despite this I believe all is not as bleak as in seems.
Perhaps at the moment for musicians things are dark, but hopefully the awareness some software developers have carved out via top notch products and support, may transfer into other sections of what is essentially now all the digital economy.
Trying to be optimistic anyway.