Essay Impact of Technology on Music

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Impact of Technology on Music The introduction to the internet in the early nineties and the creation of broadband, MP3, and the file sharing network known as “peer to peer” has completely revolutionised the music industry. A large percentage of music is today downloaded over the internet, and not bought over the counter in a record store. This essay will address the impact of new technology on music, and how music is distributed. To do this, the paper will first briefly explain the history of the digital revolution. Then it will contrast the problems and the possibilities this technology has created. Over the years, the development of new technology has caused significant changes to the world we are living in. These technological…show more content…
Broadband cable modems are able to give high-speed Internet access to ordinary computer users. The invention of MP3, the popular "data-reduction" software, allowed people to compresses sound recordings into data files small enough to be stored on the hard drive of a personal computer, sent via e-mail, or downloaded from websites. Such files can also be downloaded from "peer-to-peer" file-sharing sites, the best known sites are sites like Kazaa, Ares, and WinMx. These sites are web-based clearing houses that allow their users to make MP3 files available for free to all other users. In addition, many record labels have launched or are launching online delivery systems from which their recordings can be downloaded for a fee (Teachout, 2002). Millions of people now download music for free and burn the songs onto blank discs. This is illegal but available and at present because of the mass numbers of people doing it, and it’s having a very real and harmful impact on countless musicians, songwriters, and performers. Today, more that 2.6 billion files are downloaded illegally every month (Musicunintended.org, 2004). Despite its apparent position of power, the recording industry is vulnerable on more than one front. Key lawmakers have bluntly told the industry to find a solution to the music-sharing problem or face arbitrary legislation. Regardless of whether the present file-sharing sites
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