Interesting thread, I've got a lot to say about this, but currently lack enough lucid brain matter to poke some sort of conversant thought forth.|
In general though, I think the ipod and MP3s as a whole have created a subdivision of music that are less about fidelity and range than explicit immediacy and accessibility. Music has never been about snobs rasping on about how you can hear which fingernails Yngwie Malmsteen has clipped that day but rather the mood, tone and message of the music that is played. For an example just look at early recordings that have shaped and molded the music we hear now that sound like cack compared to a modern recording.
That isn't to say that it's a good thing, but it definitely isn't such a bad thing either.
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