rrnate wrote:Counterpoint - most people that like good rock bands steal albums online now, as opposed to buying them at Sam Goody, or wherever the F people are buying Creed these days.
That is certainly reason number 1. There are a couple others though:
- 21 year old drinking age - I think this is a solid #2 after getting the music for free. Many bands started as cover bands in bars, and 18-21 year olds were the market for that.
- The movement of mainstream white rock to country radio. I listen to very little modern country - but much of it seems like what used to be rock, with a pedal steel thrown on it and sung with an accent.
- Replacement of hair metal with Alternative Rock - alternative fans seemed a lot more snooty towards other bands in the same scene. When hard rock/metal was big, it seemed like the same folks came out and saw every show in the genre.
- Over pricing CDs - some LPs were 2 singles and a bunch of filler. However, when CDs came out (a *cheaper* medium) prices did not go down, they went up. I think that turned many people off
- Lack of DJ input into song selection - I'm sure much of it was done by payola back in the day, but at least there was the impression that the DJ could be playing you a new awesome tune that he just discovered.