SimpleBits | The Cheapening of Music: "One of my favorite rituals has always been going to the record store and buying a CD or two. The physical act of purchasing something, taking it home, opening it up, lookng at the artwork, reading the lyrics, etc. Will that become something of the past?"
This author raises some good questions about music. I think in the future "the system" should be an avenue for artists to get their music out into peoples hands. Including producing and distributing physical media. It's more expensive to do, and might take a more critical mass of artists to get it done, but with connections to local music stores I bet we could do some very cool stuff.
I think the stores could like it because they'll get music that is already "proven" in that it already has a following online. It would also allow the artists on "the system" to brand out to the less tech saavy.
There's something to be said for "owning" a piece of music. But do you really "own" that piece of music today? Isn't there a big corporation telling you what you can and can't do with the music? I'm ok with that in principal actually. I think the copyright holder should have the right to do what they want with their music. Unfortunately for most of the CDs out there, the artist doesn't hold the copyright anymore, the music label does. That's why they're so interested in increasing the copyright holders rights. Not because they want artists to get their fair shake, but because they've gotten the artists to sign over their rights...
I think I may have gotten off topic here.