“Urban” artists like Kendrick Lamar are saving the album format by Kabir Chibber


When Apple launched the iTunes Store in 2003, Steve Jobs helped create a home for “legitimate music” on the internet in a time when piracy was rampant, helping to pave the way for the streaming services of today. But Jobs also insisted that the songs be sold individually and at a fixed price of 99 cents. This led to more than 10 billion iTunes songs downloaded, but also the death of the album.

In 2008, Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins said that Zeitgeistwould be their last album:

We’re done with that. There is no point. People don’t even listen to it all. They put it on their iPod, they drag over the two singles and skip over the rest. The listening patterns have changed, so why are we killing ourselves to do albums, to create balance and do the arty track to set up the single? It’s done.

Not quite—the band released

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