Brain dead: I just heard some record industry geek on NPR whinning that too much of the music available online is still pirated. That made me look at my iTunes account and see how much I had spent (not including two teenagers in my house who each receive a small iTunes allowance from me each month) on legal downloads in 2004. My research of one consumer, me, reveals that the record industry’s sales are up about a gazillion percent this year. Because I was not that big a music purchaser (or pirate, either) previously, I probably spent more in 2004 than in any five-years-combined before (but still, I wouldn’t be in anyone’s “heavy user” customer list).

Later this week (perhaps even today), I plan to post a very long iTunes/iPod related piece that is a collection of thoughts I’ve been jotting down for a few months related to this topic.