The new generaion don't give a rat ass about sound quality as long as it's free.!!!
Judging from 7" vinyl and compact cassettes, I'm not sure the majority of the old generation gave a rat's ass about sound quality either!
At lest they were buying it and payed for it !!!
People pay for music NOW. They're just paying the wrong people.
They pay for expensive smart phones on which to listen to music. They pay for a broadband connection at home so they can stream music. They pay for an unlimited data plan on their mobile device so they can stream music.
The average music listener probably pays MORE for music now than they did in the "old generation." They just pay for it indirectly, and nearly-none of the revenue goes to the people who make the music possible.
You playing with words,they don't used there phone for music only, they don't get internet for music only.
They don't paid direct for there music .....that's it.
I don't know, Jean.
You don't think that all of this "free" music is a BIG motivator for people to buy a phone with larger storage ($$$) over one with less storage? Or to pay for a higher-speed data connection at home for streaming ($$$)? Or to choose the "unlimited" data plan as part of their cellular service, so they can stream more ($$$) etc?
Yes, I agree that it's difficult to "unbundle" the exact percentage of money spent on music from all of the other things one uses data services and devices for... but that's precisely the point. This has been obscured to a degree that it's all "content" now, and this is part of what allows the tech companies to monetize our work to a great degree and pay us very little... it's so hard to quantify exactly what each person "spends" on music.
But they DO spend. The music is at least partly instrumental in determining how most people choose to allocate their dollars for their digital devices, mobile devices, network access, etc. It's NOT free. The music is NOT free. People pay to access it.
It's just that the tech industry took the money people spend on music, put it in a giant pot with all the money people spend on other digital "content" (from Wikipedia to Netflix to their own email to cat memes on Facebook), and stirred it all up so that it's hard to differentiate the monetary worth of any one component part. So it's all "worthless." Except to the people who sell you ACCESS to it.