This is so true. The music was very important for me 10-15 years ago, I was pretty much obsessed with it, but recently I just feel it’s inflated, and this definitely have something to do with a format and ability to get music wherever and whenever you want.
I used to have a collection of LPs, even today I can remember those covers and thrill which gave me putting them on old gramophone.
Something which mp3 and Spotify could never match.
The answer is in energy input. Easier something is to copy and reproduce, less quality energy it has.
This can be compared with a food. A microwave dinner will never be able to provide taste and nutritions as home cooked meal, regardless how advanced technology we use. Once you take a human out of production cycle, or you reduce it to minimum, the amount of energy input falls rapidly.
That’s why I could never make my self to listen Spotify, although I still love music, but it’s just feels empty and shallow.
Therefore I do not feel sorry for those musicians crying that they are not paid enough. Well, your product is inflated, so get your asses on the road, start doing live shows and give to people direct experience of your music, if you are good, people will always pay and this kind of experience will never get inflated.