It's just a friggin instrument. It's so popular because it's straightforward and the basic but very effective sound it produces gets the job done.
It's neither alive nor dead. What matters is the music you make out of it. It takes only one talented musician 30 years from now integrating a 303 in one of his songs for shit and giggles and the whole "fad" could start again because people will inevitably think the music is good because of the hardware used (and not the musician).
Same reason so many people without talent but too much money go buy Les Pauls or Steinway pianos.
Pianos and double-basses have been used for centuries as well to create bass lines for a variety of styles. When will these be declared "dead"?
Last edited by BoddAH; 2013-02-09 at 19:38.