n8 wrote:It's an interesting question and different people have different views. From my viewpoint, I'd have to agree with you grounded, that the advent of MP3 made the difference. The reason is that up until that point music was still largely released in album format (whether vinyl, 8-track, cassette, CD, etc.), and an album is as a whole a work of art. A song, no matter how good, is just a song, and as soon as we could buy and sell songs on a mass level, music became commodified. I believe the critical difference between an MP3 and a physical album is that the song has become dissociated from visual art, from permanent media, and from a prescribed context.
Once someone started making money from it, it beame commodified. What's taking the soul from music isn't how it's being transmitted, but what people are doing with it once they buy it (or steal it).