The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud

The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud

by Patrik Wikström
     
 

The music industry is going through a period of immense change brought about in part by the digital revolution. What is the role of music in the age of computers and the Internet? How has the music industry been transformed by the economic and technological upheavals of recent years, and how is it likely to change in the future? This thoroughly revised and updated

Overview

The music industry is going through a period of immense change brought about in part by the digital revolution. What is the role of music in the age of computers and the Internet? How has the music industry been transformed by the economic and technological upheavals of recent years, and how is it likely to change in the future? This thoroughly revised and updated new edition provides an international overview of the music industry and its future prospects in the world of global entertainment.

Patrik Wikström illuminates the workings of the music industry, and captures the dynamics at work in the production of musical culture between the transnational media conglomerates, the independent music companies and the public.

New to this second edition are expanded sections on the structure of the music industry, online business models and the links between social media and music. Engaging and comprehensive, The Music Industry will be a must-read for students and scholars of media and communication studies, cultural studies, popular music, sociology and economics.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"The value of this text lies in its attention to corporate responses to shifting consumption practices. The concepts are clear, the examples are engaging and Wikström clearly identifies how relationships between producer and consumer are being increasingly blurred due to inflexibility of these 'copyright industries'."
Sociology

"The Music Industry is a lucid and astute overview of what has happened to popular music since the mp3 met the Internet at the birth of Napster. It is the first scholarly book to make real sense of the present state of the music industry. By looking at the contemporary landscape of popular music from multiple perspectives, including the fan perspective, Patrik Wikstrom provides clear explanations for the consequences new digital media have had for music, musicians, and the recording industry."
Steve Jones, University of Illinois at Chicago

 
"Patrik Wikstrom does a brilliant job of explaining the wide-ranging digital-driven changes taking place in the popular music industry. Until recently it was controlled by a very few multinational corporations, but now artists, independent producers, and fans are freer to create the musicscapes they desire."
Richard Peterson, Vanderbilt University

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745645704
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
01/21/2014
Series:
Digital Media and Society
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
339,369
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Patrik Wikström is principal research fellow at the creative industries faculty, Queensland University of Technology.

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