Has the rise of the IPod/MP3's and its slow slaying of the CD had a detrimental effect on the album?
Obviously MP3's have made it easier to listen to music on the move, which is a great thing, but the temptation is always to skip songs when they are at your fingertips and this bypasses the fluidity of an album. Listening to CD's presents a very holistic experience which is often intended by the artist, where each song serves to benefit the rest and builds up a more complete picture of the album as a work of art in itself. It's also worth factoring in at this point that MP3 quality can be less than ideal.
Are you really losing much by approaching music as a collection of individual tracks rather than an album of tracks? Undoubtedly certain artists create albums that cater towards the former which is fair enough, but think about the difference when listening to an album such as Pink Floyd's 'The Wall', or compare it to watching individual scenes as opposed to an entire film.
I'm not bashing the IPod or MP3 (I own them myself) but I believe they have their place alongside album listening which the CD is a great symbol for with its singular identity and artwork; a fantastic package which many people will understand the joys of opening for the first time.
Is the album as an art form in serious danger of dying? Does it matter?