Okay, I went to snopes.com and found the following. Looks like this is NOT a hoax:
Claim: CD purchasers can apply on a web site to claim their share of the settlement of a price-fixing lawsuit.
Origins: So many bogus "something for nothing" promises see wide circulation on the Internet that it's almost amusing to see one that's actually true yet is being largely ignored. Gullible netizens have been forwarding endless variations of the Bill Gates e-mail tracking hoax back and forth for years, but now that there's a real opportunity to collect $20 simply by spending a few seconds entering some information into a web site, the public has largely been too skeptical to try it, thinking the whole thing must be some kind of scam.
For years consumers have been complaining about the relatively high prices of CDs (because they were generally priced much higher than vinyl records, even though they were just as cheap, if not cheaper, to manufacture). Finally someone did something about it: 41 states filed suit against five CD distributors and three music retailers, charging that the companies had conspired to fix minimum prices for CDs. In September 2002 the parties agreed to settle the lawsuit, and one of the terms of the settlement was that the companies agreed to reimburse customers who purchased music products between 1995 and 2000 by paying out a total of about $44 million in refunds.
Anyone who bought a CD (or a record or a cassette) between 1995 and 2000 is eligible to claim his portion of the settlement by signing up before 3 March 2003; not even a receipt is necessary. Consumers can simply go to the CD MAP Settlement site, click on the link for filing a claim, and supply the requested information. Many people have balked at having to supply several items of personal information (home addresses, birth dates, and the last four digits Social Security numbers), fearing the site is a data-collecting scam, but the information is necessary in order to distribute the payment checks and ensure that no one files more than one claim.
How much each applicant receives depends upon how many consumers end up filing for refunds, creating a bit of a "tragedy of the commons" situation. If few people apply (as of the end of December 2002 only 30,000 had signed up), everyone receives the maximum payment of $20. As more people apply the individual share lessens; if more than 8.8 million people eventually sign up, the individual share drops below $5 and consumers don't get anything. (The cost of mailing out over 8.8 million checks was deemed too expensive, so if the number of applicants reaches that total the settlement money will be donated to public entities and nonprofit organizations rather than distributed directly to consumers.)
So, claim your money while you can. And hope nobody else is paying attention.
Last updated: 7 January 2003
The website I posted is the same being promoted by snopes: http://www.musiccdsettlement.com/english/default.htm
Go here to get your $$!