Opinion: The future of albums
Posted 17 January 2012 - 06:06 AM
Now, we consume music in an entirely different fashion. Most (not all) artists today, especially pop artists arent writing their own music. People dont want to buy an entire album for $10-$20 just for the 3 songs they like. They would much rather go to iTunes or similar digital music store and spend a few bucks on the songs they want. In addition, a lot of the albums being produced today ARENT concept albums, so breaking them up into single songs isn't really that bad. An album from a modern band like The Decemberists needs to be taken as a whole, while a Chris Brown album doesn't.
I think its the artists and producers who are in some cases wrongly hanging onto a format that in most cases people don't care for. People are going to consume media in the way they want. Its up to the record companies and labels to listen.
Posted 17 January 2012 - 06:27 AM
Posted 17 January 2012 - 07:45 AM
It was actually 74 minutes, and that was one reason for the length (even though different versions of that symphony may be shorter or longer). 80-minute CDs were introduced much later.
Posted 17 January 2012 - 07:47 AM
It's actually 74 minutes, but you got the rationale right. It was for a specific performance.
Posted 17 January 2012 - 07:51 AM
Posted 17 January 2012 - 08:31 AM
Modern technology has made it feasible for most any artist to offer digital downloads on their own website. Many artists offer both lossless and compressed (MP3) versions for sale. Fans of these artists will gladly download directly from the artist's site. They know that the artist gets more of the profit.
Optical media will be around for a long time, but there are few arguments left in its favor. Hard disks and offsite storage are as cheap as they've ever been. I can back up my downloads easily and securely. I have a minimum of three copies of anything that I download. For music, there is often a fourth copy on an iPod.
Posted 17 January 2012 - 09:12 AM
21st Century pop music killed the album. Albums historically could contain several unifying songs, a collection of tracks the artist wanted to release together, or a collection of inferior tracks surrounding a hit. Even Beatle albums from the sixties exhibited this, as the English and American versions were often dissimilar.
In this era music companiesdon't grant the indulgences of producing albums when the modu operandi is tho release the latest pop concoction to captialize on a fickle public's taste.