Right.. not just crap then?
I don't have a MP3 player linked to my sound system. I have a DVD player, a CD player that does not have gaps between tracks inserted for no reason and a digital box connected to it. My portable mp3 player is good but not the same as a CD.
I've not brought a new CD for many years now.. Why? nothing out there i'd pay money for that is not already repeated to death on the radio or TV channels. All my CD's are on the computer as MP3's now anyway. note the difference between my sound card and the portable MP3 player make mp3's on the PC sound better, though i'm not connecting the PC to the other sound system, different rooms, different useage.
so in my view the main reason sales are down is its mostly pap at the moment and nothing i've listened to recently rates as a "keeper"
reducing the price is not going to help legal MP3 downloads.. free vs a few pence and having to set up an account, giving payment details etc. or FREE.. don't underestimate the power of FREE.