2. It might be easy for Americans to get their music onto iTunes, but it's not the case everywhere in the world.
3. Selling 256 kbps tracks for the same price as the original CD is ridiculous. I know it's ok for most people, but anything lossy is not suitable for reencoding which locks you into a specific music format - to which I cannot agree.
I do agree that getting everything for free is not the way it should be - that's the reason why I have over 300 CDs. However, I do download underground (lately Funeral Doom Metal) music, to find out how new things sould. I like to know if I'm spending my money on somethings that's actually worth buying.
And to be honest, I still believe that downloading is beneficial to artists. I know I wouldn't even have heard to half of the bands I have in my CD collection were it not for piracy.