"We live in an age of music for people who don't like music. The record industry discovered some time ago that there aren't that many people who actually like music. For a lot of people, music's annoying, or at the very least they don't need it. They discovered if they could sell music to a lot of those people, they could sell a lot more records."
T Bone Burnett
IMO there could be a germ of truth in this cynical comment.
But music has always been an intrinsic part of human life and society. What happened? Have people found something else that fulfills music's previous transcendent function in our lives? Has society become anti-transcendence? Something else?