Thank you for your empathetic rant. I have given it a rare full 50 claps to show my appreciation.
I completely agree with you. This same thing is arguably happening across a wide variety of technology industries. The gap between “Features” and the needs of a product’s most common consumer is growing ever-larger.
The one upside is that maybe someday we’ll all stop chasing this non-existent future and realize that the art/skill/creativity/whatever is the really important thing. Audio will have to get better through more talented musicians/songwriters. Pictures will need more experienced and clever photographers. Movies will need better writers. And Games will need better artists instead of just piles of video cards.
I’ve been hoping for this for a long time, but I realize that “Now you have to get better at this!” is not a great bullet point to put on your product when it could just say “Now with more CPU Speed/Megapixels/Animated Poop!” So the money will probably continue to follow features like hilariously unnecessary wireless ranges, additional un-see-able pixels, and the reproduction of audio frequencies so high that no living being can hear them.
Because Bullet Points are Marketing Law.