I believe those facts influence how we consume the new entertainment media. In this case, it's profoundly affected music. The ability to change the analog waveform of music into 0's & 1's, bits & bytes has obviously enhanced the places we can go with our music. From CD's to MP3's, I doubt our music platforms can get more convenient than they are today outside of a brain implant that accesses your home computer or one of your mobile smart devices for immediate playback of your playlists directly in your brain!
Here's the drill. Music was never made for earbuds & barely for over the ear headphones! But mobility has ruined our tastes. We'll listen to our favorite music over these obviously inferior transducers & feel satisfied because we're not really involved!
"How can we be not involved", you say..."We have sound practically glued to our eardrums for a 3rd of our waking hours"? Well I say that sound is shit! Stop ruining your inner ear. Become a grownup. Invest in 'REAL' home speakers & stop listening to Lady Ga Ga & The Black Eyed Peas on computer speakers you can't even locate on the bloody computer!
My point is, music is made for the imperfection of real speakers attempting to catch the magic of a typically unreal non-event. Those speakers are already limited by real world engineering limitations much less the already shoddy & limited source they're fed. But in most tolerable instances, real speakers (bookshelf or floorstanding) can do a credible job of sounding decent with a an off the shelf source component (CD player, turntable, cassette deck etc.) as long as the amplification device is anywhere close to adequate. Today, most are regardless of origin.
Because we've made our music into a file commodity with no physical housing & no identity, it's easily forgotten. I know firsthand. Over the past year (at my own financial insistence/necessity) I haven't purchased my usual gaggle of CD's totaling in $1K plus per year. Instead I decided to try to purchase the best digital singles I could from that musical black hole called iTunes.
I almost forgot everything I purchased! As a matter of fact I had to convert/burn it to physical media to remember the songs I purchased. That's something that rarely happened with an LP or CD. On top of that many of these digital nasties--in fact the majority--sounded (sounds) like shit! Compressed, tinny semblances of their higher fidelity 3rd & 4th cousins. But they were made to sound that way.
And that's obviously how we want it. As the convenience of digital downloads increases & the increasing 'need' for musical mobility continues to rise, the need for real speakers in a real space will continue to diminish. The death of the home 'hi-fi' appears nigh. Only you & I can save it. If you care for music, pass this link along!