I can't agree with a lot of the above statements about music becoming devalued. People are listening to more music than ever before and people are experimenting much more with the kind of music that they are prepared to listen to. There is also a return to live music which ten years ago (at least in the UK) looked like it was on its way out. The pendulum has swung back to the 'playing' musician from the 'programming' musician. While its true that one workstream in music - the traditional band, a&r, producer, publicist chain - is struggling, to say all that all music is struggling is untrue.