Mark, you'd probably know more about this than I, but wasn't the move to digital by major companies somewhat pushed by the fact that their traditional products were being digitized and pirated? That was kind of my understanding, which is different from what you described.
On the stereo thing. We always said the ultimate stereo accessory was a house. By the time I could afford a house, I didn't care quite so much about the audiophilic nature of the endeaver.