Well, it took me about a month longer than I expected, but I finally finished loading up my new iPod this morning. I now have my entire CD collection -- all 28GB of 128-bit AAC files -- at my fingertips. Frankly, it is so much music that I now have trouble keeping track of what it is I might want to listen to next. But that said, it is a VERY awesome problem to have...
The good folks at Salon.com actually had some interesting commentary in follow up to their question did Gen X kill the rock star? First, they point out that with slumping sales, big labels aren't interested in letting bands release a few albums to develop as artists before coming to greatness (citing the Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, and Bruce Springsteen as examples.) Next, someone speculates that a society used to getting its music via ring tones has less passion for music... an assertion which the moderator of the discussion dismisses. Someone points also out that we live in a "niche culture" now, with a large number of genres and subgenres of music, where almost no one is likely to have the kind of huge crossover appeal seen in the past. Finally, one reader observes that the music of the early 90's was in part a reaction to the spandex and hair spray over the top musical antics of the 80's, making frontmen more dressed down musical anti-heroes than rock gods. I thought that those were some excellent observations, rather than treating the question as the invitation for generational smack down that I thought it to be.
on 2007-03-08 at 1:52 p.m.
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