The State of Current Music

Without a doubt, technology has changed the way we listen to music over time.  There was a time when the only way to listen to prerecorded music was using a phonoautograph, and this was less than 200 years ago.  In the 1970’s there was vinyl, which never died and is still available today.  In the 1980’s there were cassette tapes.  In the 1990’s music was purchased and played by most on Compact Discs, which is still available as well.  And in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, consumers moved towards downloading their music with the mp3.  When music first moved to the digital process, it was chaos for the large music labels that wanted to make money from their product.  Users would purchase a CD and upload the album to a file sharing website like Napster, and anyone would be able to download the music for free.  After legal troubles with copyright infringement, Napster went bankrupt.  But more importantly, it showed the Internet change the landscape for music and how we listen to it across the world.  Nowadays, the majority of teenagers listen to their music on Youtube.  Most adults however, either listen to FM/AM radio, online streaming radio, or they download it and pay for it.  And paying is the way it should be, because musicians being compensated for their time and their work is the fair thing to do.

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