There is also, may I add, a certain sense of quid pro quo in that before the advent of CD I bought over a thousand LPs and cassettes. I now own easily more than that number of cds, much to my wife's chagrin. ( Yes, I admit, I am a fanatic.) In other words, I've been a very good customer for these record companies for nearly fifty years now. In the business where I work - the wine industry - there is a certain amount of leeway and concession given to your best customers, in other words, the odd freebie has never gone astray.
The other aspect which ought to be looked at is that before Heymann started Naxos thereby totally undermining what he called the 'star system' of the big companies, the big companies were a bunch of profligate wastrels, and they only had themselves to blame for their inevitable demise. The age of downloading only heaped Pelion on their 'Ossafication' (sic) and that companies like Hyperion, Chandos and the other small independents have also suffered is unfortunate. Then again, starting a business venture even with the noblest of aims has never guaranteed success.
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