I remember the days when there were a few notable major labels and a few independent labels. The reliance on record labels is no longer a challenge for up and coming musicians, all you need today is your own MIDI studio and the Internet. Some believe the quality of the music has diminish in recent years. On the other hand, some argue that musicians are not under pressure to complete a song in a hurry due to costly studio time. Has the quality of the music really diminished or is it better?