>Will the songs go into a widespread oral tradition and be subjected to the editing and innovation of tens of thousands of people over several generations? Can that happen in the technological world of today.
Huh? How could it not happen? Now more than ever.
Anyway, traditional music is unkillable by definition. Despite commercial ebbs and flows, people that like it continue to like it, play it, create and share it. They don't stop liking it, and making it, because it's gone onto the Wired magazine "Tired" list. Your commercially driven media promulgate this silly notion that because something seems anachronistic that it doesn't exist--that the future, whatever it is, will be totally different than the past. This is mostly because the dreaded free market economy is fueled by this "bring on the new, throw old the old" concept--but it doesn't mirror the way people actually live their lives.
And if you want to know where to collect songs in the future, drop by McDonalds Corners Ontario in fifty years and look up my kids! I bet you they'll still have some of mine...and they'll be like new, hardly ever used. <(grin)> for I am...