I'm not against buying CDs, but I'm just saying that if you want to help the artist, buying merchandise would help more than music. Art will only receive the appreciation it deserves, there's no obligation to give anything for it. In fact, all this "intellectual property" and etc. is complete garbage imo.
When talking about piracy, it has helped the music industry more than anything. Artists would be a LOT worse off without iPods creating massive demand, and demand for iPods would skyrocket down if people actually had to pay the ridiculous price of $.99 per song to fill up all 8/16/32 Gb.