Easier, depending entirely upon your definition of a break.
As a band manager, currently with a Progressive Rock band out of Southern California, I deal with this question on a daily basis. The major things that have occurred in the music industry as of the "digital age" are:
1. Distribution. Is it easier to get music out there and into the hands of fans? Yes. With new avenues such as iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby and a multitude of other independent music distribution sites, the possibility and means is available.
2. Marketing. Websites and social media, such as Myspace, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have all advanced a band or artist's options and have opened the doors to an entire world of potential fans!
So with these wonderful advances in these two areas providing new opportunities, that in the past only a seasoned record label could offer, why isn't every talented musician, songwriter and artist getting his or her "break"? Saturation. Unfortunately, as intended, EVERY musician, songwriter and artist is afforded these same wonderful new options at marketing and distribution as well, including every schmuck who wails on a guitar and every kid who's mom patted him on the back and insisted he was just "the best of all time".
In the end, who catches a break and some financing to turn their music into a career often comes down to who's doing it better. Who has the better Myspace page, who updates their Twitter with the most relevant information, who represents themselves better, who has a more marketable image... things that do NOT relate to music, and in turn leave the industry and it's fans, more than a little overwhelmed.
So if getting a break were to entail the ability to play music for a living, in my humble opinion this would wager on either getting a decent recording contract that affords you a bit of profit in the end or even just getting your music into the hands of fans who will pay for it, on your own terms.
This is easier, but the means have changed. With the right creative team behind you and a current mindset, you'll certainly have a leg-up on the competition.