Digital Recording And Digital Distribution

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Digital recording and digital distribution has affected the Recorded Music Industry in many different ways; it has created issues for major record labels and solutions for independent artists. Digital recording has made it harder for labels to stop piracy, and easier for independent artists and labels to distribute and create music. The evolution of digital music has created an apparent and drastic shift in the way consumers and producers view and use the music industry. The existence of these music files that have been digitally compressed, making them easily obtainable for a small fee or illegally downloaded for free, has made the music industry reevaluate how they are able to make a profit from their art form. “These new means of music distributing and marketing have not only pushed the music industry to new levels, but has created a whirlwind of changes as record labels are losing control, with artists and consumers having the upper hand”(Stafford). Digital recording and digital distribution has given major record labels a new and better way to market and distribute music, but has also made it difficult to monitor exactly where the files are going. Moving from a material era where one had to buy physical cassette tapes and CDs to listen to music, to an era where anyone can buy a digital file online has made it very hard to stop people from sharing copyrighted music. As the digital age came in the 1990’s and sites like Napster later started showing up, people were able
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