Now that we have podcasting and download capabilities, plus the endless promotion machine that is the internet, are music videos really that important anymore?
Now, alll a band has to do is record a few segments of their live show, or throw some samples uup on their page and that's all you need to know. Should the rappers go ahead and keep degrading a practically dead media, or is there still a calling for bands to make some mini-movie-musicals.
On youtube, I was looking for bands I like, found them, then coudln't watch more than a minute and a half of them because I'd heard the song so many times, seen them live, or the product itself just wasn't that interesting, and then looking at new bands and musicians, ones I'd never heard before, I still wasn't interested, and if anything, the video may have taken something away from the song.
A band may like to make a music video, but I don't feel that it is an important addition to their resume anymore. Not like it used to be when MTV wasn't the running joke it is now.