Originally Posted by Mike Caffrey
There's been a huge drop in the value of music, but not in the financial sense.
It's just not something we value within our lives. It's rare that people listen to music as a primary activity. I think for most people it's sonic wallpaper as they commute.
This is a HUGELY relevant observation and I am in full agreement that the relevance and social significance of music has declined...nay, plummeted. More than ever, it's been reduced to a commodity/lifestyle support for the bulk of society. Maybe there's simply too much music out there...maybe it's too easy to make music...maybe the ease with which it's obtained and it's existence as a spot on one's hard drive has reduced it's perceived relevance....? A lot of factors are involved in this and a multitude of socio-cultural trends.