Back when I was a teenager, if I liked a song I heard on the radio, I'd do the following:
I'd turn on the radio on my boom box and stick a blank cassette tape inside. I'd then camp out listening to music all day. When the song came on, I'd race over to my boom box and hit record.
Clearly, this was less than ideal. So if I liked a song enough and especially if I liked more than one song by an artist, I'd go out and buy the album.
Kids these days don't have to do that. If they like a song, they just go to iTunes and download it. In a way, it's great. I mean, how many crappy albums did I have to buy in order to get one song? Let me tell you, I did not need to own 14 tracks by Superdrag, that's all I have to say.
Yet I can't help but think the kids are missing out too. If you just get the songs that are on the radio, you're missing out on some other tracks that are amazing but maybe not as commercial. How many albums do you own where your favorite track isn't one of the ones from the radio?
Obviously, kids can still download an entire album (and probably cheaper than back in my day). But will they do it if they can easily get the tracks they like for cheaper? I think it's kind of sad that all these non-radio songs are getting missed out on.