The devaluation of music has also the devalued the listener. Maybe the problem with music isn't technology. Maybe it's us. Could it be that the music industry is sinking and fewer people are buying music -- not only because people don't want to pay for it, but because listening to music is now officially a lost art?
Although U2's previous studio effort, 2009's No Line on the Horizon, left critics wanting more of its dark, mid-tempo contemplations, the band has spent the past five years openly expressing its desire for an outright hit. Today's automatic release direct to a half billion users makes Songs of Innocence the biggest album launch ever. How's that for a hit?