I've revisited the question re: Music Row model v. Big Pop (genre-inclusive) many times. One barometer I've found interesting is the degree to which each model has embraced/rejected new technology.
My take, for what it's worth, is this: the entire industry (both models) took staggering blows from the quick migration towards virtual media (mp3) from the physical (CD). And they're still playing catch-up. The difference comes from how they've fared since, and model for model, Music Row wins. Why? I'm not sure, but I think it's because the Row model doesn't have to change as quickly as Big Pop; Big Pop consumers have huge appetites for non-stop junk food, and they eat it and throw it away constantly, hardly bothering to read the labels, or taste the sugar. They don't care, it's mostly free, right? And the radio sucks compared to Sirius, iPod, name it.
A healthy portion of Row consumers have always shopped at Walmart, and always will. They're not Luddites, but they value endurance over speed. They listen to the radio. They go to the State Fair. They measure their favorites' careers in decades, not seasons. They're fine with paying for value. As long as the Row audience keeps this model going, the Row model will provide, and adopt new tech conservatively.
Walmart stops selling CDs? Well, that'll mean something, but that's another rant.
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