How Music Has Changed Our Lives

1746 Words Feb 20th, 2016 7 Pages
In Nielsen’s Music 360 study in 2014, “93% of the country’s population listens to music” with “75% of respondents (saying) they actively chose to listen to music, even ahead of watching television at 73%”. The number of people that prefer to listen to music can be considered enormous and as the population grows, so does that number. This only goes to show how music has become commonplace in our lives such that “most U.S. residents listen to roughly four hours and five minutes of audio each day” (Stutz). As the world changes and new innovations emerge however, so does how we, as consumers, enjoy music. Over the years, there has been a gradual shift from physical copies of music such as CDs to their digital counterparts. As shown in the graph below, we see that as the years progress the amount of digital downloads of singles and albums dwarfs those of CDs and CD singles. As to why there has been such a change in how we listen to music, the possible reasons could range from the convenience of digital copies, how digital copies are becoming more accessible, the need to keep in stride with the times, or that it is easier to have digital music than physical music. Now that most people are more able to easily access the internet, it may have become increasingly convenient for people to listen to music online rather than purchase a physical copy. The internet originally was meant to transfer information from one point to another but has now become a hub of sharing. From iTunes to…
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