The Future of Music in the Digital Age
The music industry has always been impacted by the introduction of new technologies through which music is consumed. Sometimes, these technological disruptions have been beneficial to the industry; other times they have been financially damaging and the industry has attempted to resist them. After looking briefly at the history of this relationship since the music industry’s inception, we will assess where things stand today and where things are likely to head 2017 and beyond. We will ponder both the financial relationship between technology and the music industry AND the way that the means of technological transmission impacts the listening behavior of music consumers, both on an individual and mass scale.