The rise of “Canon Rock” is a defining story of the digital age. Since it was posted in December 2005, the video has been seen roughly as many times as some of the top-selling albums have had copies sold worldwide, including the Eagles’ “Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975).”
It shows how user-generated websites such as YouTube have altered the way musicians learn, teach and exchange ideas, perhaps even changing the way we appreciate music.
See earlier Copying and Learning Within Internet (Sub)Cultures which links to the YouTube videos. You may also want to see some of the newer derivatives, which demonstrate the fundamental point of this article.
Also, in light of this last paragraph from the LATimes article:
Yet even Lim acknowledges getting a little sick of Pachelbel’s opus. “Sometimes I hear those opening notes, and I just go, ‘Oh no,’ ” he says.