Affect of Technology in Music Industry

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The music industry has come a long way since those dreadful days of the mono recordings. Back then, artists, producers, and engineers didn't have as much of a choice of what equipment that would use to get their recordings done. With the advancement in technology and new innovations constantly being created in the music industry, the opportunities are endless. If you look up the definition of technology you will see the words industry and commerce, which to me just means growth and development. Technology has and will continue to influence growth and development in the music industry.

With the growth of technology, the technical end of producing and engineering has become somewhat a quicker task. For example, the introduction of system real time messages synchronized drum machines, sequences and other rhythmic devices. System real time messages are dropped into the data stream as required, and have priority over other messages in order to mainstream synchronization at all times. In other advances in technology has allowed these devices to operate with timing clocks so everything does not have to be done completely be hand anymore.1 As music production and recording systems become more complex and sophisticated, the need for intuitive, easy to use controls over then became essential if they are to be used effectively.

Technology has made music systems become more and more sophisticated, so the tasks involved in the successful control of these systems has become increasingly complex. Technology has also brought about a new language to go with the systems we use in the industry today. So even if you have knowledge in some of the systems but can not comprehend the language, you're only half way there. Technology has not only brought about new systems on which we make music but a whole language to go with it. There is enough terminology that goes with the applications to fill a small dictionary. In general, a common language is needed if all aspects of audio production are to be understood at all. These innovations are like the difference between telling time with a digital and analog watch.4

When speaking about technology and its influence on the music industry, there is more than just the artistry aspect of it. There's the business aspect which influences how you can sell the music or the ways people can obtain the music. For example, technology has made it possible to sell music over the internet. Who would have ever thought that a consumer could purchase their favorite single right from the comfort of their own home? With new innovations like iTunes and napster, you can download songs from any computer that has internet access. Not to mention The ring tone trends that are going on. Platinum artist are also selling 1,000,000 ring tones off just one song in some situations.

Today's music industry is powered by sophisticated technology. Not only do we have the radio stations, but now we also have satellite radio. It's called XM radio. XM radio has an iPod like recording functionality but it is pretty limited. Yes it can store up to 50 hours of music, but the service is subscription based. If you end your subscription, your music disappears. These songs are stored in a proprietary format, so there is no easy way to copy them to other devices. Still the music industry is suing XM radio because it has a record feature. 5

Technology is changing the way people acquire there favorite songs. In other words CD sells are down these days, but that doesn't mean people aren't still buying the music. Technology has made it possible to download your music. At first, downloads were available for free and some sites still are. Still in all, sales for digital downloads are expected to expand significantly over the next years. They are expected to expand from 22 million in 2001 to 1.6 billion in 2006. Most online music sales will come from subscription services which are expected to increase from 56 million in 2001 to 2.3 billion...
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