How the Internet Has Changed the Music Industry Forever

It seems like yesterday the better part of my day was spent downloading music libraries. Constantly watching my queue list for which tracks have been completed, then thinking of another song I simply must have, or “steal.”

downloading music libraries

The Candy Store

Did someone hand me the key to the candy store? And the only price I have to pay is listening to the several seconds of incredibly annoying modem noises? Yes, then you have a deal.

Napster, the first of the music streaming services, became the nemesis of Metallica, and all other mega musicians, directly after flipping an industry upside down. Simply providing a forum for different music fans to exchange personal libraries quickly turned into the mass theft.

My personal favorites of the music sharing pioneers are, or was, Limewire. PC Mag officially claimed this person to person sharing method ilegal downloading of music“dead.” The magazine explains how the court stopped internet sharing services.

Torrents became the next method used to share music. This method follows the requirements of the law.

How? There is no real music format being sent at all. It is merely only location information that is exchanged using torrent files.

In a way, the user is just given the location of the particular search for the song or album. The user now knows where the door is. The user also knows the door is unlocked. Now, the user simply retrieves the file containing real music.

According to Recording Connection, eliminating royalties through sharing creates criminal behavior.

When property is shared rather than sold, the exchange eliminates funds. Without funds or cash, there are no royalties for artists and producers. Hence, music piracy.

Millions of people became criminals, and pirates, overnight. Despite nobody feeling as if they nicked nothing at all.

The Bad

Many artists lost income and even robbed of earned opportunities. I don’t believe it is right because most labels, producers, and artists havemusic piracy a higher than average income, they are robbed of their property.

This is truly the worst part of the internet music sharing era. The intellectual property still counts as an asset. It may not feel like breaking into the garage of Metallica and nicking one of their cars. However, it truly is taking something from someone else. The entertainment industry is riddled with intellectual theft.

Consider stand-up comedians attempting to maintain possession of jokes. Again, if they created that joke, it’s their intellectual property, and you can’t necessarily lock it in a safe.

The Good

The music industry has had to become creative with price points. Lowering prices isn’t enough, working with the internet revolution different methods of selling music must be adjusted for. For instance, downloading each track in addition to purchasing the entire album must both be options.

music industry evolve to internetThe old school is a must in this movement as well. This means this artist have to get back to work. That’s right, playing live. Good old-fashioned in your face entertainment. I think this amazing – it opens more opportunities to see favorite artists closer to home.

For smaller artists, getting noticed has become easier than ever. The cost of getting talent out there, meaning the world, is relatively nothing compared to before the internet movement. There is no need to spend a fortune on demos. Demos that may never be listened to.

The internet has simply eliminated borders. So, consider the masses in Ohio can’t stand your music, but Germany loves it.

In the end evolution of the music industry is a must. Artists will complain about the internet. The better action is to evolve with the internet movement.

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