Last year Peter at Dub Dot Dash asked me and some other folks to make a prediction about what the music scene would be like in the future world of 2007. I said:
Now that the New Zealand iTunes Store has opened, I expect that downloading music will finally become less teenage/geek and more mainstream. But this will mean that people can buy one song without having to buy the whole album.
Well, you know what’s happened? CD sales are down. Smaller, independent music shops are closing down because it’s just no economical to stay in business any more.
Today Mr Slack alerted me to this piece at Ars Technica about the possible reasons behind the decline in CD sales.
The writer theorises that music buyers aren’t just switching from CDs to a digital formats, but instead of buying a whole album, they’re just purchasing the individual songs they want. This probably means happier customers but it results in fewer overall music sales.
But what impact will this have on the sort of music that musicians put out? Will bands stop releasing albums and just release singles? Will this put an end to those awful, unfunny skits on hip hop records? And will this bring back the concept album, daring the customer to be considered an uncultured oaf if they just buy one song?
Over at Digg, in a discussion on this subject, a fellow named catfud shares a solution that we can all use:
if you arnt listen to full CDs you may want to think about changing the kind of artists you listen to i listen to only the best metal and every album a band comes out with is 100% awesome
im talking bands like nevermore, pain of salvation, dream theater, blind guardian, death, dragonforce, katatonia, ,astodon, meshuggah, symphony x, wuthering hights, and communic just to name a few
In this spirit, fans of Hamilton’s premier rock act, Prime Devastation, will be pleased to learn that their upcoming album “Night of the Beast II: Rock ‘n’ Roll Terrorist” will now be 110% awesome and have no crap tracks.