“In some ways, then, the iPod revolution is a Rock Snob’s dream. Now, nearly all rock music is easily and almost instantly attainable, either via our friends’ computers or through online file-sharing networks. “Music swapping” on a mass scale allows my music collection to grow larger and faster than I’d ever imagined. And I can now summon any rare track from the online ether.
But there’s a dark side to the iPod era. Snobbery subsists on exclusivity. And the ownership of a huge and eclectic music collection has become ordinary.” [cont.]