The Effect of Digital Technology on the Music Industry Info by Smith - June 4, 2021June 5, 20210 The Effect of Digital Technology on the Music Industry The Effect of Digital Technology on the Music Industry. I’m sure you’ve heard about the recent lawsuits against Universal Studios and Dream Factory that resulted in Universal Studios agreeing to pay royalties to Dream Factory founder/chairman James Morrison on behalf of the music group Motley Crue. This should come as no surprise to anyone. These are just the latest lawsuits in a long line of such suits in which one party tries to hold up another party’s creation, even if they were partially or wholly responsible for the creation. The lawsuits themselves are beside the point though. The fact remains that digital technology has changed the music industry dramatically. The days of the master recording company are gone. Now, a record label can create a digital recording from scratch at any point in time, as opposed to a few decades ago when such creations had to be kept in a vault or on a hard drive. There have been other changes as well. One of the first effects of digital was the growth of online music sharing. Almost every major music power player has some sort of social networking site associated with it. Most notably, MySpace and Facebook allow for audio and video sharing. YouTube also uses similar technology for video sharing. The second major effect of digital technology on the music industry has been on the tour business. Tours have become less expensive for smaller groups when taking them to popular destinations. In the past tours were often prohibitively expensive for even medium sized groups. Now, with the internet, small acts can easily go on a mini promotional tour, with only a little financial outlay. Such tours are especially good for touring bands who have yet to build a reputation in that area. Online ticket purchasing is another way of increasing revenue from music events. This has been made possible by advances in internet technologies. The advance in technology has reduced the cost of hosting live concerts and has increased ticket sales substantially. The effects of digital technology on the music industry are not completely clear, but one thing is clear. As more artists become known through online music events, the effects of digital technology on the music industry are likely to continue. The effect of digital technology on the music industry can also be seen in its effect on the recording industry. With computers and laptops becoming commonplace in almost every household, it is now easier than ever to create and transmit digital recordings. Once created, these recordings can then be sold over the internet. The effect of digital technology on the music industry is therefore not fully understood, but it is clear that the advancement of technology is changing the face of music forever. Digital recording allows music enthusiasts to share music with friends and family around the world. Because of the advancements in technology that have allowed this sharing, there is now a wide audience for electronic music. The effect of digital technology on the music industry is therefore evident in its impact on the audio market. With more people able to listen to music on a wider range of devices, the variety of music has expanded. The effects of digital technology on the music industry are still evolving and developing. However, the rapid growth of the internet has greatly enhanced the distribution of music. This is particularly true for digital audio work (DAW) – music recorded using a computer. The effect of digital technology on the music industry is evident in its vast use in modern society. The impact of digital technology on the music industry can also be observed in the way that today’s audio recordings (or ‘discoveries’) are almost always available for purchase online. Previously, the discovery of new music would often require the purchase of a CD or DVD. Now, anyone can obtain almost any music recording for the cost of a few cents. The availability of digital music has increased the number of venues where live music is performed. This means that people no longer have to wait in line at a music store to hear their favorite band. The effect of digital technology on the music industry can be seen in the increasing number of live music concerts (such as ‘the Stone Roses’). As more people choose to view live music concerts online, the quality of the sound has become increasingly better. As the quality of audio recordings becomes better, the number of live concerts will also rise. Although the use of CD burners has made it easier and cheaper for many to preserve their favorite music, they do not offer the same effects of digital technology on the industry. Hard drives were originally designed to store music. Today, these hard drives are still used to store music, but the amount of data that can be stored is negligible compared to the number of songs that a CD can contain. Digital audio formats are constantly changing and so the format that is used to store music will also change over time. Over time, the amount of data that can be stored on a hard drive will decrease, making CD’s obsolete.