When CDs first appeared in late 1982, many people believed that we reached the end of the line when it comes to music formats. How could the CD possibly be improved?
Well, it was. DVDs had greater capacity, meaning more content and potentially better-sounding audio. Then came Blu-rays which were even better.
There were a couple of attempts to market something allegedly better than the CD. MiniDiscs. DAT (digital audio tape). DCC (digital compact cassette). DataPlay (don’t ask).
In the end, though, everything was eclipsed by the convenience and portability of digital files: MP3s and AAC for phones, FLAC and other lossless formats for the audiophile.
And then came streaming with its instant access to tens of millions of songs. That’s gotta be the end of the line, right? I mean, what could possibly be better than streaming?
Scott Cohen is a music industry futurologist. He maintains that every ten years or so, something comes along to kill the music industry–or at least wound it enough so that it’s forced to chance direction.
So what’s beyond streaming? The answers may be found in the tech world. This is from Forbes.
“Artificial Intelligence (AI) was a key trend for Cohen. ‘AI is something that our business relies on today for
“The overlap of big data and AI has resulted in the death of the music genre as a marketing concept, he continued. “‘