A rather interesting essay in The New Yorker by Sasha Frere-Jones about the state (and future) of online music —
“No one knows what the future of the music business will look like, but the near future of listening to music looks a lot like 1960. People will listen, for free, to music that comes out of a stationary box that sits indoors. They’ll listen to music that comes from an object that fits in the hand, and they’ll listen to music in the car. That box was once a radio or a stereo; now it’s a computer. The handheld device that was once a plastic AM radio is now likely to be a smart phone. The car is still a car, though its stereo now plays satellite radio and MP3s. But behind the similarities is a series of subtle shifts in software and portability that may relocate the experience of listening — even if nobody has come close to replacing the concept of the radio d.j., whose job lingers as a template for much software.”
Click here to read the entire article (‘You, the D.J.’).