Title: Death by Music
by Stacy from Bedfordshire | in writing, non-fiction
In a 21st century world, with more gadgets than you can shake a stick at, it's no wonder that it seems the CD is disappearing. The computer is a powerful invention and has changed the world and will, most likely, continue to do so. Nowadays you can download your music straight onto your computer, with much more ease than going out and buying a CD. However, with the amount of illegal downloading that occurs, CD sales are one main way of artists making their money and by illegally downloading their music these artists see none of their profit (as there is none) and they are being exploited. If you really like the band's music then shouldn't you at least show some gratification by paying a small fee for it?
When CD's started to become more widely available they were seen as a Godsend; no longer would you have to store large, bulky records or play them on a gramophone - you could take a thin disc out of more discreet packaging and play it on a CD. Nowadays, you don't even need packaging when a song is being downloaded through cyberspace as it just gets stored on the hard-drive of your computer. It's amazing how technology advances, just think about how we may be listening to music in 10, 15, 20 years time. But artists are gradually going to be losing money and illegal downloading will probably spiral out of control, with more people opting to get a song for free. The main threat is that the new digital music age could kill the music industry as we know it.
A music lover myself, I'm interested in the way the music business has been shaped and influenced by technological advancements in musical recordings and production.