Originally Posted by Digitalbath3737
The mp3 isn't doing anything bad for the album at all. More artist are getting recognized because of mp3s. What's killing the album are artist that don't have enough talent to put out a decent album.
Have to disagree with lack of talent. Rather, where talent is being put. Whole albums have never
been the mainstay. Popular for little bits here and there, but not normal, except among music lovers.
Now, more than ever, those in the positions to produce and promote are where talent is being put as far as anything mainstream is concerned. There's less mainstream stuff to choose from, in attempts to maximize profits. Thus, you've got musical talent mostly scattered about randomly, more of it than ever not being really able to reach anything close to their potential.
As far as downloads in general go, I think what we're seeing is people less into music becoming more important in terms of purchasing power. For the ability to make a lossless rip alone, I'd get CDs (now, if Apple were to offer non-DRM ALAC albums for $8 or under each...), even when most CDs are single collections, not cohesive albums. Most people I know that get DLed tunes have almost no complete albums, and don't have much that isn't heavily played. I only personally know one exception. Single tracks sate the needs of the consumer, who consumes and uses music, rather than experience and cherish it.
In the case of CDs with only a small number of good tracks, someone just isn't cutting it, be it the artist, producer, or someone else at the label. If they can't put more than 10-15 minutes of good stuff on there, it's being made too quick, or is sacrificing something.