If you haven't been following along, here's the backstory:
1. Emily White of National Public Radio posted a piece about explaining that while she has 11,000 songs, she has only purchased 15 CDs in her life.
2. David Lowery (Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven), already an outspoken critic of the way the music business is evolving, offered a rebuttal.
3. The whole back-and-forth went viral, from the New York Times to the Huffington Post. People lined up on both sides of the argument. It got nasty. (Lefsetz also sent out an email featuring comments on on the controversy. Both sides were pretty adamant in their positions.)
So where are we now? Digital Music News offers this conclusion:
Because David Lowery didn't just touch a nerve this week, he may have single-handedly crushed years of post-physical, ridiculous digital utopianism. In one crystallizing, cross-generational and unbelievably viral rant.
And after a decade of drunken digitalia, this is the hangover that finally throbs, is finally faced with Monday morning, finally stares in the mirror and admits there's a problem. And condenses everything into a detailed 'moment of clarity'...
What follows are 14 points detailing where we stand today. The dialogue continues...