Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Music Industry Grows Despite Music Piracy

Can the music industry prosper despite the continuation of music piracy? I think so. In a recent article in The New York Times, the author claims an increase in music sales online. As depicted in an earlier post by Ian, the medium in which music has been distributed has changed over time such as the production of 8-tracks, vinyl records, cassette tapes, cds, and mp3 players. As technology advances there are easier ways for fans to access their favorite artist's music. Record companies are always looking for ways to increase revenue in the means of the latest and greatest technology.

Now being an 18 years old, I am always looking out for products that will make life for me more convenient. A couple of years ago a discovered this music site Pandora. It was one of the coolest things I ever used. All I had to do was type in a song or an artist and the site would play music that was similar to the songs or artist I entered. What I am getting at is that everyday more products come out that makes the lives of their users easier. The artists know that their music appeals to their fans due to their purchasing of their products either legally or illegally, but the artists can use this to their benefit by compiling this important information to develop products that can profit them.

Sisaro, Ben. "Music Sales Fell in 2008, but Climbed on the Web." The New York Times. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2010. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/01/arts/music/01indu.html?_r=1>.

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