When music was live no on expected it to duplicate a recording, to be the exact same every performance, there was a soul to it.There were not DJ celebrities spinning and altering the work of other artist or pre-recorded cycling background tracks. Every performance and every recording was fresh, human and had a heat.
Lest you think I am just being old fashion with sour grapes, from Mozart to the Beatles, there have always been popular artists youth loved and older people could not understand, but until the current digital generation, the music was always best listened to live, not "interpreted by a DJ" or as background music on an iPad or Zune.
Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Magnum says that whereas once we listened to albums, with tracks intended to flow into each other and create an overall mood or story, we now listen to "singles" or Single LP's (a contradiction in terms to true music fans), often ignoring the rest of the album we downloaded at four AM when we were intoxicated. We have massive music libraries on our computers, but listen to only a small percentage of it. And when we listen, how often do we really listen to the meaning behind the lyrics, much less the emotion, meaning and communication that is the music itself?
The digital age has led to a lifetime for a song, album and sometimes an artist of only a few weeks.