One of the most amazing things about the evolution of the music industry is that music is suddenly more accessible than ever. The days of having to go out of your way and make a special trip to a record shop are long over. Now, the only thing standing between a consumer and a song they want to buy is the speed of your wireless connection. This advancement of technology has its costs, though: Many have penned obituaries for the medium that energized the music business in the 80s and 90s, the compact disc.
Since SXSW represents the best intersection between technology and the music industry that currently exists, we thought we’d ask everyone we spoke to down in Austin last week the same question: When was the last time you bought an actual compact disc? To find out how musicians like Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Paramore, and Haim answered, as well as stars of the VH1 Rock Doc Downloaded like Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning, watch our video above.
And, while we have you, we’d love to know your answer to this question, too:
Be sure to tune-in to VH1’s Top 20 Video Countdown this weekend to watch Jim Shearer experience SXSW as only he can. His interviews with the likes of Snoop Lion, Paramore, Youngblood Hawke, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and more from down in Austin are guaranteed to make you giggle.