The Impacts of Technology on Music Recording Industry and Society

1751 Words Jul 25th, 2013 8 Pages
The Impacts of Technology on
Music Recording Industry and Society

"TV has restored the daily life of family, Photography has altered the way we look at the world, the computer has changed everything.” (Mark Katz, 2010)

It is true the computer has converted everything into digital. Digital technology has also changed the ways of sound and voice recording. It has gradually led to the changes not only in the production of sound but also in the views of society, precisely consumers and producers. Since the 70's, the computer, music and audio industries have influenced on one another. Nowadays, many people use different digital sound recording equipment and sound recording software to transform
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Signing to a record label and a contract, the artists have transferred ownership of copyrights to the producers and fans could only buy pre-recorded music with labels. However, the new digital music industry has now the abundance of obstacles for artists and music fans. With the launch of streaming services for high-speed Net access in the smart phones and tablets, the only remaining piece of the old industry's music network is AM/FM radio in cars but sooner or later, this final change will also make it collapsed.

The Role of Digital Technology in Contemporary Era * Consumers' Views on Digital Technology Over two decades, digital technology introduced by the computer industry has made outside influences on recording practice changed drastically. The Internet also provided a new way to distribute music with new formats such as mp3, mpeg, and wav; and this led to the rise of the P2P (peer-to-peer) file sharing technology. According to Persson (2006), music consumers are not only the major supporters of recordings, but also of other technical products, supporting changes in playback equipment and home recording technologies. Music fans do not need labels, retail stores and media outlets any more, to listen to pre-recorded music before buying it. Public has access to all music and makes their own decisions to select and buy the songs they like. Therefore, more people are now engaging and