You're moving the goalposts.
I did not mean to get off the topic of Apple hogging the show with the ubiquitous ipod/iphone itunes gift cards download tunes crap offers in every iWalmart, iLondon Drugs, iSeben Elf (7/11) and iFutureShop come iBestBuy on the iplanet.
Perhaps you are right it is because of this fact that there is no real and tangible link between the artist and the music distribution system anymore. There are no more scouts out there going to concerts with the exception of companies like Naxos. Which is a small but fortunately growing company which targets the demographics of the classical, jazz and concert recording listener. There are also a few left in Europe..
First you claimed that a few companies controlled media distribution which is patently not true and attempted to portray some strange tie in between DRM and Macintosh/Garage Band.
The music industry is a shadow of what it once was because of slant towards a least common denominator marketing approach by Sony, Apple and all of what is left of the major players.
I was not trying to tie DRM and the Itunes format itwattle... My point was that the major recording institutions have all been swallowed up by one or two mega corps. And companies like Apple's itunes music store now have to go to them to get content that the greats recorded in the past to have any classical content to distribute at all. They record and create nothing.
Heck, I'd wager that pop music has been outselling classical music since early in the last century.
and the little known fact is that many of the great pop musicians that did the work necessary to put the "pop" artists on the charts listen to and study classical music. Sting plays the lute and sings John Dowland, Pastorius studied Bach bass lines to get his great chops (may his memory remain for those who know how great he was!).
The list of great contemporaries that owe a debt to the field of classical music and the titans of the past is too long to list here. But the few that I have met all honour the classical arts and how it keeps craftsmanship alive in the field of music.
Not sure how old you are and if you remember the "bad old days" before HMV superstores arrived in Canada. Back then, the only way to properly listen to new classical recordings was to find a store specializing in that type of music. (not found in malls) or to head downtown and visit the chain headquarters. Nowadays, it's a cinch to keep track of what's happening in that genre.....
If you are referring to the "good old days" when I could go down to a record store that would either stock or order Columbia Classics like Le Sacre Du Printemps recorded by Igor in 1960 with the Columbia Symphony....
then yes I remember and despise what has happened to the distribution of classical music. As far as HMV and Itunes store goes they peddle to a completely different clientèle and cannot even be considered by those seeking great recordings.
I submit that iTunes has actually lowered the barriers to entry for the reasons I stated in my last post.
I agree and in so doing lowered the standard of music production and classical music recording available to the consumer world wide...my Ipod dock connector on my 1100$ ONKYO 7.1 pushing my good old Kef constructor series speakers remains unused and like my appendix subject to debate as to initial purpose and future utility.
However if audio DVDs in full Dolby 7.1 at 24/192 of Karl Bohm and the Vienna Philharmonic ever become available then I would gladly pay top dollar for the media... And no I do not need to watch the DVD of the Orchestra to appreciate what is happening.
but come on... crap mix down remasters of Beethoven's greatest hits by the worlds Greatest Orchestras which is what Itunes and HMV peddle ...do you seriously think they are even worth the 99 cents per download or 12-15 dollars per disk?