The era of the 7inch 45 may be over but is recorded music dead?
In an interview for the Guardian, Brian Eno, the father of 'Ambient' , stated he feels that recorded music is over.
"I think records were just a little bubble through time and those who made a living from them for a while were lucky. There is no reason why anyone should have made so much money from selling records except that everything was right for this period of time. I always knew it would run out sooner or later. It couldn't last, and now it's running out. I don't particularly care that it is and like the way things are going. The record age was just a blip. It was a bit like if you had a source of whale blubber in the 1840s and it could be used as fuel. Before gas came along, if you traded in whale blubber, you were the richest man on Earth. Then gas came along and you'd be stuck with your whale blubber. Sorry mate – history's moving along. Recorded music equals whale blubber. Eventually, something else will replace it." - Brian Eno
Is it? Surely not. In todays era where it is becoming 'Hip to be square' by spinning the classic vinyl again, in a day and age where downloads of mp3s is a booming business, how can one state it is over?
Recorded music will always be a way for fans to carry with them their favorite tunes, to enjoy anytime and anywhere. And it shall be the way bands get their music out to the fans for a long time to come.
What say you? Is recorded music becomming a dinosaur? Where and how do you listen to your favorite music? Is the surge in vinyl just a blip on the radar of music?