Following in the footsteps of Trent Reznor, The Beastie Boys have now released easily remixable versions of their songs on the internet for anyone and everyone to tinker with. The idiotic morons in the music industry of course do not understand online file trading is not the greatest threat they are facing (or CD replication machines, in the latest version of the story), but the relatively lower entry costs to music distribution in the online sphere.
Yahoo! has already dealt a major blow with its flat-rate access Unlimited product, it is just a matter of time before some smart alec is going to make it much easier to legally buy music (popular or esoteric) than to jump on to the pirate alley. Of course, the problem is still there of major artists sticking around with the major labels, but that would change once couple of them jump ship and use the internet alone for distribution.
In any case, record sales only serve to fatten the pockets of the record companies. Other than the top artists very few actually make any decent money (which they deserve) from them. It is the concerts and tours that make most of the money and before soon someone is going to take those two pieces from under the nose of the record companies, bundle them together and present it as a viable alternative. Play on, I say!