The article talked about how iTunes doesn't allow for that experience anymore. With digital delivery of songs, tracks are taken out of their collective album format and the liner notes are simply gone. All that remains is a thumbnail of the album cover artwork. The Don Was post was had a tone of nostalgia about the 'liner notes experience,' but it got me thinking about how music fans, especially younger ones, interact and engage with music these days.
Thinking about that engagement, I don't know that the 'liner notes experience' is gone...well; it is in the sense that Don Was was referring, but not necessarily gone altogether.
A lot of younger music fans grew up with digital downloads now, and they've never fully known the 'liner notes experience' as referred to by Don Was. I look at this as an opportunity for musicians to recreate the 'liner notes experience' in a new way, a way that makes more sense for how younger fans experience music and engage with it these days.
Musicians can use their websites, blogs and various social media outlets to create a new 'digital liner notes experience' that one day will be talked about with such nostalgia.
Posted by: Nick Venturella