Will You '70s Babies Quit Talking About How Much Better Rap Was in the '90s?

Music is no longer outrageously expensive.

Yes, we're the generation that decided to steal music.* And yet, even as downloading became more and more commonplace, record labels refused to lower the price of CDs. Albums were still selling for $17.99 well into the 2000s, which is completely monopolistic bullshit.

When it comes technology, products get cheaper over time: That's the nature of innovation. Despite inflation or even a weak economy, the production, distribution, discovery, and promotion of records got cheaper, and yet: they refused to drop the price (at one point, they even tried to convince people album prices were too cheap). So: they paid the price. iTunes came along and undercut CD sales by selling a song for a mere .99 cents a pop, which helped turn music into a singles market again. Companies like Universal didn't make albums $10 across the board until 2010, way after the Internet had changed the game in unfathomable ways.

[*We're also the generation that decided to "support the artist." When fans buy A$AP Rocky's album a month after it already leaked, best believe they didn't buy it because they didn't already have it in their iPod. Fans who buy music today do it more as a statement of "I fuck with this artist and I want to see them win" because all music is essentially free.]

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