This open letter also forgot to address the media element. Nowadays, if you want the single, album etc - it’s just 2 clicks away and bam, you have it. Back in our day, we had to rush to the store on release day and pick up the tape/CD in person. Awaiting a new single always meant rushing to the store opening morning to grab it. Then they started that whole CD1/CD2 nonsense. You bought one part which had 1 good song and the rest not so great/remixes and the other single had another good song or remix and not so great tracks. The only way to get everything was to buy both CD’s at full price. If I just wanted the 2 good tracks from both CD’s - no way! Now that everything is digital, you can just buy the tracks you want. No selling you anything you don’t want. Also back in our day, piracy was never an issue because the internet/computers/CD recorders weren’t around. Sure you could do tape to tape recording but it certainly wasn’t prolific as it is now and the quality was poor anyway. We had to buy the merchandise no matter what. That’s the only way we would get the material. Now you could be a fan (or so called fan?) and download everything for free without paying. Leaks, pre-releases? No way. We had to wait for the launch day! Sometimes a radio station got a scoop and would say that they are going to play the next single at x time on y day, so what did we all do? Cleared our schedules and had our tape recorders ready so that we could copy it on tape at the moment the radio station played it. Want a better copy? Go buy the single, no free downloads here! Kids really do have it easier now.