How Does Digital Technology Affect The Music Industry

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Music is art done in the form of sound. Raury a music artist,tells Jamie Milton, a writer for DIY, that, “In an age of the Internet and limitless knowledge, Raury’s big message is that people should seek out their own truth. This generation has everything on their fingertips, but they could easily go astray.” We live in an age where anyone who has the wanting to produce a song can do so from their home computer/lap-top. One would think this is a good thing, encouraging people to pursue what it might be they love, however the truth of the matter is merely opposite. Through research i’ll discover why that is and also learn how digital technology has impacted the music industry. To keep the paper from turning into a book i’ll limit myself to …show more content…
Ceruzzi, and William Aspray, authors of the book The Internet And American Business, “From the end of the Second World War until around 1990, the system for distributing records was well established and relatively stable. It was oligopoly, dominated by six record companies: Capitol-EMI, CBS, MCA, Polygram, RCA, and Warner” (452). Very profitable system but the money was distributed poorly, with the record companies generating most of the profits. Then record labels would assign the rights to a music publisher who would license the music and distribute it to be heard. Artist would then receive merely nothing! How has digital technology impacted record labels? According to Alexandra Topping, a writer for theguardian.com the record labels aren 't “the dinosaurs of the music industry,” as they are portrayed as being. Record labels are known to make profit off of musicians, but they are not a necessity in a musicians life. It used to be that artist needed record labels because recording a song was very expensive. But times have changed and thanks to technology there has been an increase in recording equipment. Technology has forced record labels to improve their methods, but yet it hasn 't put a complete halt to musicians needing record labels. However according to the report, “The artist/label relationship has changed – artists demand more from labels, and in return labels take a share of profits made from merchandise, touring and sponsorship and not …show more content…
These changes caused hard copies like CDs and cassettes to diminish. The Internet has created multiple platforms of how music can be heard. “What’s new is this amazingly effective distribution system for stolen property called the Internet- and no one’s gonna shut down the Internet” said, Steve Jobs in a Rolling stone interview on December 3, 2003, (Internet 451). Digital music piracy is the act of illegally downloading music for free it has risen to harm the music industry. According to scholarly writers Mark and Yongsheng, “Though the MP3 file, short for MPEG-1 Audio Layer-3, was originally developed in 1987, Napster represented the first mainstream and user-friendly program to transfer and download these files.” Napster is a program that allows users to connect with one another and swap copyrighted files. According to GÜNDÜZ, Uğur another scholarly writer,“However, the giants of the world music market took Napster to court on the grounds that Napster violated copyright laws by distributing mp3 over the internet. As a result of losing court cases Napster became a subscription paying system and was forced to sign a copyright agreement with music companies.” It was only a matter of time before someone took legal action against Napster. For consumers mp3 formats gives access to a great variety of music, most of it for free. For artist mp3 format means they can distribute their work without a

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