Despite all the hand-wringing, I was sort of feeling that an industry as popular as the music industry could never really suffer. Music is always popular after all. But heck, look at this:
OK, it's worth keeping in mind that there is a difference between the music industry and music. I've no doubt music is alive and well, and will be so for as long as humans breathe.
Whether musicians can earn money is a third thing yet, and might fall somewhere in between these other two. The "music industry" after all consists mostly of middle-men making money on the work of musicians, and then a handful of very successful stars. But without that industry, how many musicians can monetize their work on their own? I'd like to know.
There was some protests about it not being inflation adjusted. I found one which is: