Smackdown: Too Many Bands?

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The digital age has spawned a do-it-yourself revolution. It's easier than ever to record music at home and distribute it using tools like MySpace and iTunes. But the band boom has its drawbacks, as the wealth of buzz acts can be overwhelming. Today, as more than 1900 artists descend on Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest music conference, we ask: "How much is too much?" We'll debate our fragmented musical landscape with Stuart Berman, online editor of Toronto's Eye Weekly magazine, and Chris Richards, pop music critic of the Washington Post.

Weigh in: Are there too many bands? When it comes to music available online, do you want more or less to choose from?