In this future, the digital music files on people’s computers could join vinyl records, cassette tapes and CDs in the dusty vault of fading music formats.
Apple buying LaLa a couple of weeks ago has created quite a few rumors about what will happen next. This one sentence from the NYT site has me asking some new questions, namely related to how long each of the above mentioned technologies ruled their slice of the recorded music environment. Could the shelf life of the MP3 really only be ten or so years? Are we actually prepared to give up ownership of the physical representations of one of our (arguably) most prized collectible — our music? Even in a World where digital music is stored locally, we still *have* our music. Interesting stuff.