Haha, yep you're right, there~ iTunes'll be around for a while, I think.
Well, from what I understand, I don't think prog was ever
really mainstream. (...was it? I sadly haven't been alive long enough to know, lol.
) I don't think prog's going to die
just because of all this music industry mess, I'm sure there will always be people making it and there'll always be people wanting to listen to it. It'll may just be more scarce, now that music is quickly globalizing (along with everything else). The more global music becomes, the more sub-categories are being created every day (I can't keep up with em, myself!)- who knows now
where prog will fit in the big picture, but I'm sure there will be a place for it. But it will continue living, that's for sure- one of the real advantages of the digital age is that nothing really dies.
...rambling, this sortof reminds me of like... art. Art used to be worth SO much back in the day, and it was highly revered, as were those who created it. But ever since the photograph and things like printmaking (and now digital copies), the value of art has gone down dramatically. Now anybody can go to a crappy store and buy a cheap copy of a Rembrant or Picasso for $10-20. So I've always been used to the idea of the "starving artist". I realize that some people can still make a lot of money in the visual arts, but that's mainly for original work. And few ever really get there. So there are just tons of artists who create, just for the sake of creating, because that's what they love. We may be starving or have various other jobs, but we'll always be doing what we love to do. Just as there are musicians who hold day jobs doing who-knows-what and by night they compose and play~ Just like writers and the demise of books. Just like actors. Artists seem to be a dime a dozen nowadays. I figure, hey, man, it's the arts. It comes with the territory. If you like music so much, make it. Do whatever it takes. Would you give up making music just if it meant you had less of a chance of getting rich? Not if it's what you really loved to do.
God this is all so... bohemian...