The Sound Industry vs. The Music Industry
You can fool a lot of people by the recordings. You can have a mediocre pop singer (eg. Taylor Swift) with thousands of dollars of equipment in the palm of their hands and then you can have an phenomenal artist (eg. Bon Iver/ Justin Vernon) who recorded his whole album (For Emma, Forever Ago) with a crappy guitar, a few mics, and a laptop. The pop singer makes millions but the real musicians make 5 star albums. As sad as it is, most people prefer the pretty non-musical happy pieces that people can grind to and drive around with the car windows down to rather than the heart-numbing pieces of expression that all humans can relate to.