A friend and I were speaking at a band practice about the future of sheet music and we came up with a super-cool but not unrealistic vision. In years to come, perhaps 50 or some, who knows, I rekon every band will not be buying traditional sheet music. Instead publishers will issue the music on CD-ROM's, 1 for every member of the band and 1 for the conductor. These CD-ROM's will be placed into a mini-computer with a specially designed monitor which be placed on a little stand, like the traditional music stand only studier. The music will then be read on the CD-ROM and be displayed on the monitor, clear as day, complete with a foot pedal for turning the 'virtual' pages. Publishers will have the ability to enable or disable transposing and note change features, perhaps with the ability to write in new notes if needed. A hard drive could store the CDROM-Contents so that music can be changed quickly. I think there will be a few problems, portability and to be able to use them outdoors, will they be quiet? and probably most important how expensive!!!!!!! A new file-system will have to be made to minimise and possibly illiminate the possibility to make copies of the CD-ROM for copyright infringment issues. The fact that the virtual music cannot be taken home kinda obliterates practice, but that's a good thing, no? I rekon this is the future of Music Publishing but I highly doubt we'll be seeing it anytime soon. Anyone think this is totally crap and have another angle, or do u think sheet music will always be the prime way music is distributed? Look forward to you wacky and futuristic ideas!