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The impact of technology on music is overwhelming. Technological advancements in the last century have revolutionized the way we make, market and listen to music.

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THE INFLUENCE OF TECHNOLOGY IN MUSIC BY

Music technology might be defined as any form of technology, which helps a musician to make music. The impact of technology on music is overwhelming. Technological advancements in the last century have revolutionized the way we make, market and listen to music. To be specific, the invention and evolution of samplers, synthesizers and computer technology has changed the way music is now produced.

Music Industry is an activity of companies and individuals that share the aim of promoting performers and selling recorded music. They make lots of money and is dominated by a few major record companies, such as Universal (United States), Sony (based in Japan), EMI (United Kingdom), Warner (United States), and BMG (United States). Technology has a great impact on the music industry in both good and bad ways.

Music industry has an ease in publishing music as highly developed devices are replacing real musicians, which saves the music industry a lot of money. It is also advantaged by technology as the quality of recordings have been improved and technology has helped the music industry promote DVD's and cd's to look better than they actually are. This may help the music industry but not its customers.

The music industry has been severely damaged by peer-to-peer music sharing programs. These programs allow people to download any music they want. As more and more people are being hooked on these programs, there have been fewer sales for the music industry making it loose lots of money.

As music has been influenced by music so has its musicians been influenced. New technologically advanced devices are allowing untalented or not so talented people to be successful and freely available access of products negatively affects performers. In addition, if styles produced by computers (techno) are even more popularized there will no longer be any need for musicians.

During the 20th century, many composers made use of new...