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Calling all audiophiles! Here's an interesting question for you: Is technology ruining music?

I ask this because I ran across an old but interesting Wall Street Journal article on the topic the other day.

It seems some audiophiles feel that it is indeed. While we are listening to music more, we are enjoying it less, mainly because music is now being engineered for iPods and MP3's, which means a lower quality and flatter sound. There are also those that argue in this day of D-I-Y home studios and websites like YouTube, musicians can earn instant fame (Bieber Fever, anyone?), regardless of whether they are talented or not.

On side B (Heh. See what I did there, with the vinyl record reference...anyone, anyone?) are those that say technology has improved music. We can now take it wherever we go, we have more variety than ever before and can discover new music and musicians at the click of a button. Not to mention, musicians are no longer at the mercy of large, heartless record labels and can bring their sound directly to the masses. As for the flatter sound coming from iPods, technology will also fix that in time.

So now what I want to know is what you think. I'm working on an article about this topic and would love to hear your opinion. You can reach me at 361-580-6514 or e-mail me at abrandon@vicad.com.