I have been thinking. I wonder if the RIAA understands the impact of closing oink. I used to get all my music from oink. I could hear of something, then download it from oink. I could listen to the band and enjoy their music. Prior to me joining oink I didn't listen to new music. I was listening to the fossil rock that i was raised with and some trance from my partying days. Regardless there was no new music being listened to and no money going to new artists. Since discovering oink, I have been exposed to all sorts of new music. I have fallen in love with a band that i would never have listened to without it. I have been to their concert and i even bought a t-shirt. Thank you oink for exposing me to music I would never have heard. I guess until I find a repacement, i'll go back to the tunes i grew up with in the 70's and 80's. I guess i can turn on the radio for that. All my favorite classic rock tunes are on 101.1fm free all day. Everything else is on various formats of media. Unless they wanna take the radio station down for giving everybody the opportunity to listen to music for free and making money from "donations" or advertizing revenue. Another issue i see is that in Canada we pay a levy .22cents per cdr that we buy. No matter what its used for, we still pay the levy to the recording industry. We have been told its to pay for the right to put music downloaded from the internet on these disks.
I guess my point is: The RIAA should learn to adapt in this ever changing world or the world is going to pass it by.
edit: And look at what has happened here. Not only is the community not resting, it seems to be growing stronger. There is no fear of anything it looks like. Braisin new site owners are trying to reel in all the old oink users. Some of the older sites that couldn't compete are welcoming the community with open arms.