Interesting point, but still…

…or, I can see both sides of this.

From the comments to this New York Times blog post:

It strikes me as the height of absurdity for anyone to lament the absence of a particular artist on iTunes or any other digital music service. Presumably, if someone is a “big fan,” they likely already own the vast majority of the catalog on CD or vinyl anyway; if not, well then they probably aren’t that “big” a fan anyway.

This is especially true of classic acts like the Beatles, Black Sabbath, Zeppelin, et al. Are we seriously arguing that their music is/was unavailable elsewhere until appearing in the iTunes market?

This is a good point that I had honestly never thought about. Taken in that context it is pretty amusing, which is why I thought it was ridiculous to make such a big deal about the works of acts like the Beatles and AC/DC becoming available on iTunes. How many records have those two sold? Hell, Back in Black all by its lonesome is the second-biggest selling album music history, with more than 50 million copies worldwide. For your edification, No. 1 is Michael Jackson’s Thriller.)

But there is the other side…cultivation of appreciation of classic music by the younger generation. The technological trend is toward digital downloads, as much as an old-fashioned guy like me might not like it. And for that old music to be appreciated by the younger generation it’s going to have to be accessible to them. If iTunes and Amazon downloads are the way they discover that, can that be such a bad thing?

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