A couple of years ago, the pundits were running around predicting the death of the music industry because of MP3’s, digital formats, pirating, etc. etc. blah blah blah.
Well, let me tell you, I have recently realized that for the first time ever, even *I* may be overwhelmed by the music choices out there now. I now have a CD collection thats over 1,200 strong, an iTunes program that has 100’s of songs, both downloaded and ripped from my CD collection, and XM radio that I can use both in my car and in my house, as well as an additional subscription to them online so I can listen to them at work. Add to that just the regular radio stations out there, and I’m able to be surrounded by music 24/7/365.
Now I’m thinking of adding an MP3 player to that mix just to be a bit more "portable" (was away on a one-night business trip last week and brought along a CD player and a CD, and realized that it would have been nice to have an iPod, in case anyone would like to buy it for me….).
Don’t get me wrong – I’m lovin’ it, but I’ve had XM for almost a year now, and iTunes for about six months, and I’m realizing that my CD’s are starting to collect dust unless I’m ripping them onto iTunes. Though I’m still buying new ones. Its remarkable to be able to have all these great musical choices at my fingertips.
I guess the question is this – do all these new channels of distribution have any positive impacts on the art of music? I’m listening to the "Unsigned" channel on XM as I write this, and I hear a lot of stuff that’s not groundbreaking, but still far better than most of the crap that’s on regular radio (which I actually can’t stand any more, except for the local classical and public radio stations, which don’t have all the usual obnoxious FM radio station hooey). I’m glad that they are getting airtime SOMEWHERE, but wouldn’t it be great if more people could hear them?