If you want innovation, then you have to make a lot of new stuff! According to a study conducted by Asymco, 60% of Apple revenues come from products that didn’t exist more than three years ago. The report is based on recent, third quarter results.
And this might lead to the extinction of a vast amount of music.
If you take a closer look at e.g. iTunes you will not find many albums being recorded few years ago.
I myself would love to get this and that track from the back catalogue on mp3 without bothering to record my vinyls on mp3 format. I would love to pay to get a good hi res mp3 of let’s say Parliament albums, Marvin Gaye, Black Flag (well, no hi res required here), Motown records, …
The problem is, that nearly zero of recordings done before the 80s are available on CD, and thus in a digital format. That means there would be a lot(!) of material to be transformed into mp3 that is not available at all any more.
Now think of iTunes offering a big catalogue of rarities, collectors items that you could either buy on auctions for a fortune for a few Dollars on iTunes? Unreleased Rolling Stones albums, tapes on which Africa Bambata raps with Falco, …
The material is there – in one place, in one single collection, that is for sale! But nobody wants to buy it!