@sandwich One obvious counter-example to the gist of my point is Daft Punk mania swirling right now – but this could also be taken as an exception that proves the rule. An album-release as cultural event is something that used to be common. Now it’s rare.
@sandwich The first iPods existed in a major-label world. The internet melted the majors. Music became disintermediated – no longer backed by big marketing campaigns. Many casual listeners deprioritised music because it was no longer being foisted on them.