The next generation may be the one that grows up without very expensive music.
FTFY. Quality music is no longer expensive to produce; the labels are pocketing the savings rather than passing it to the customer. In lots of 2000 a CD cost about a buck, including professional stamping and packaging. That makes it a couple grand to professionally produce a CD. That's far less than musical instruments cost.
Most indie bands sell their CDs for five bucks around here.
This "streaming music is dying" isn't a blow to music, it's a blow to independently produced music -- the majors still have radio (and radio station streams are all in good health), TV, and movies to showcase their merchandise. Indies are losing their power to market, which is why the RIAA hates internet streaming and P2P.
Corporate merchandise 1, indie art 0. Now what? We still have noisy merchandise but we're losing noisy art. God damn corporate greedsters and their God damned paid-off congress...