Is The Music Album An Outdated Concept?
from the wheels-of-steel dept
The general idea of the long tail is that instead of focusing on churning out just a few "hits", content producers should put out a wide array of content that appeals to many different niches. Chris Anderson, who coined the phrase, says that a decline in the number of gold and platinum music albums reflects this. But is it the long tail, or is it just that people prefer buying individual songs to full albums these days? Research regularly points out that people think CDs are overpriced, a common sentiment being that you have to buy a bunch of songs you don't want to get the few -- or one -- that you do want. Now, with downloading making it so easy to purchase single tracks, is the idea of the album -- like the television channel -- an outdated one? There doesn't seem to be a lot of point these days in insisting that content be bundled to a particular means of distribution.