What began with boomboxes and radio hits has evolved into easily downloadable songs. CD Players are already ancient relics; digital music players have carved out spaces for old music players in museums so that one day we can tell our kids “This is how music was.”
A few years back, album sales for artists had dropped dramatically. CDs were not officially on the outs, even as their counterpart music players were; technology had made it easy to copy CDs and free music was everywhere. It had seemed that the songs no longer had ties to a narrative arc on an album, or even more sad, to the artist themself.
Then came the digital music wave. Music was made entirely accessible and convenient; CDs were a chore to hunt down and make copies of. Songs by any artist were available for downloading. Consumers could create their own playlists on mp3 players that told their own personal narrative. If someone was interested in a specific artist’s body of work, there was a list of every song they’ve ever recorded, even the singles not previously released on albums. A interest in songs, albums, and artists is revitalized by the ease of digital music.