John Philip Sousa, being a famous live musician and composer, asserts that recorded music would be the degradation of the music industry. As someone so deeply involved in the field of music, the idea of marketing and reproducing music in any sort of lower quality than live strikes him as wrong and a step backwards for the industry. With the quality of phonographs at that time, Sousa’s prediction is not totally off-base. The introduction of phonographs changed how music was thought of and produced to a more economically motivated mindset. Sousa was a strong believer in music as an emotional release, an outlet in which an artist is solely motivated by their own experiences rather than the monetary gain they would receive. Sousa is correct in that there is a rise in music with less of a emotional connection and more of just catchy tunes and lighthearted content. However, he automatically assumes that this is the end of music as an art, which is not true. Instead, the music industry was expanded to include music as an art as well as music for fun, and include live music as well as recorded and reproduced music. While Sousa’s fears were not completely unfounded, he lacked the foresight to see how music could evolve into something much larger than it had been for centuries.