As the digital delivery of music continues to grow, there's one thing that's certain -- there's nothing quite like the live experience. That was the consensus at the "Start Me Up" panel, held today (Nov. 14) in New York at the 4th annual Billboard Touring Conference & Awards.

Whether live concert content is being posted to YouTube, blogs or any other digital platform, "nothing replaces being at a concert," said Aaron Grosky, executive VP of music programming and artist relations at Control Room. "It's impossible to recreate that experience."

For fans who aren't able to attend concerts, however, the online distribution of gigs can greatly benefit the artist. Grosky pointed to a recently filmed Jay-Z concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York – one of the rapper's few recent club shows to promote his latest album, "American Gangster."

"To help get that record out there," he said, "we're extending it into a global audience."

Many clubs have also tapped into the digital space for concerts. Jared Hoffman, CEO of the Knitting Factory, which runs clubs in Los Angeles and New York, said his venues are equipped with hi-def recording equipment. Many of the recorded concerts at the club are later given to artists or used on the Knitting Factory's Web site for promotional use. "It's about establishing a brand," Hoffman said. "It makes sense."

When asked if low-quality concert footage -- recorded with cell phones or other devices -- hurts the image of artists, Janene Remondino, VP of music at AOL, responded with a flat "No. It creates buzz and awareness for the band, because labels and tours have to get the word out."