The Internet today, as we’ve discussed in class, relatively controls the music industry. With these new innovations we’ve come across for downloading music, it has become a free and easy way to purchase what us, consumers, want. The use of the Internet has also boosted new and different ways of getting music out to the public. Artists can now release their music right after its completed in the studio, show videos from youtube or social media websites, or simply allow fans to follow them on twitter.
For my project, I’d like to explore the impact of internet downloading in the music industry, and how it’s changed the industry forever. I will explore numerous issues concerning copyright infringement, the effect of the internet on several different types of artists, and whether or not the Internet has changed the music industry for the better. How has this uproar in music websites and online downloading affected the way that well known artists make money? How has the Internet changed the way we enjoy and listen to music? We used to listen to about 5-10 of our favorite artists, but I feel like now I have about 35 if not more. Is this because of the availability we are exposed to online? Do I like the fact that YouTube pretty much knows what I will want to listen to next.
There is so much about the Internet that affects the way we listen, download, and discover new music. I think this project can shed light on the full extent to which these aspects of our music are being affected by the Internet, and how it was so different before.