No one can dispute that advancements in computer technology have resulted in many changes, especially to the entertainment industry. A great percentage of human entertainment is attributed to the music industry. The music industry is a significant form of revenue to multiple players including the government and the artists. In the US, the music industry is among the icon of the country’s economy altogether, Music also plays a crucial role in enhancing various aspects of heritage and culture. However, without a doubt introduction of a computer has revolutionized the music industry.
In fact, the change is so drastic that the music industry is struggling to remain at par with the rapid change. From issues of illegal downloading from Limewire and Napster to increased broadband speed that has made file sharing more common, to disputes ranging from music streaming services and the royalties’ pertaining to labels and artists. Pirated music has been a crucial concern from both artists and record labels as there is no police to enforce the concern. In reality, the internet is actually raising more questions than answers or just the opposite.
Paradoxically, though the internet has its own share of negativity, the advents of social networking have brought new elements into the music industry for both the artists and the listeners. MySpace and YouTube provide platforms that make it much easier to follow musicians and download the latest music, at much cheaper rates than having to rely on MTV or buy DVDs. Streaming platforms like Pandora and Spotify make access to music much easier with just internet connectivity you can download and listen to music from anywhere.
Technology has changed the manner in which we listen to music and also how music is produced. Unlike before, music artists do not necessarily have to rely on bigwigs in the music industry to listen and promote their demos. On the contrary, artists can now easily produce their own music, upload and promote it as they deem. On the flip side, for newcomers, the internet can provide platforms that are more affordable with the artist’s even recording music from home and uploading it on YouTube to attract corporate labels and also enjoy some profits without the need of radio promotions and labels.
While technology has made accessibility to music much easier, the public is hailing to the internet to steal and obtain music at a cheaper price. This has been the downside of the internet to the business since the internet has made it increasingly complex to make revenue from the music which has been the upturn because of increased piracy, now accelerated through downloading. A number of solutions have been advanced like ad-based subscription when streaming or downloading music.
Nonetheless, the solutions are still in dispute and far from being resolved by both artists and labels who feel that they are getting less than deserved if the consumers were to buy music out rightly from stores. Advancements in technology and the internet continues to change and improve the music industry, the penetration of smartphones is only set to accelerate the means and ways music is produced, shared and consumed, the effects both positive and negative continues to be felt. Eminently, with certainty, the internet is set to only accelerate but not demise anytime soon. As such, the music industry has to find approaches to adopt the trend. Without a doubt, history as an indicator will reveal in no time that technology is not a foe but a friend to be embraced to made strides in the music industry