If the movie/music companies, (aka: the most greedy/sleazy entities on the planet) had simply made their movies/music more affordable from the beginning, no one would have wanted to go to all the trouble to copy or download inferior music files to get around the high cost.
As much as I’d like to bash the record companies, I’m going to have to disagree. People steal music because it’s free and easy. People steal crap music that they’ll hardly listen to, because they can. People steal music that they’ll hardly listen to, because like all their specialty lenses camera components that they hardly use, people get into collecting useless crap because they want to have a big collection they can tell people about. People can definitely afford to buy the songs that they really enjoy listening to, but they don’t, because people don’t see it as stealing from these big bad record companies.
Cost doesn’t have much to do with it. I see kids at Starbucks getting $5 coffees, on iPhones with unlimited data plans, driving fancy cars that they can afford to fill at $4 a gallon. They can afford a $15 album or $1 song if they wanted, but why pay when you can just steal it for free. Sorry to digress, but lets compare apples to apples.