Essay-1- Music- Internet and everyday life

In the past music had roots in culture and tradition and was regarded as harmonious and pleasant, today music is much more commercial and has become a powerful tool in that it can control people’s moods, feelings, actions and values, especially through one of the most powerful communication tools, the internet. The internet has changed the music industry, the way we listen to music, the way we buy music and most importantly it has become more of a commodity. Music has a history dating back to prehistoric times, as far back as 5000 BC, to the single in the 1950’s, the album in the 1960’s, the cassette in the 1970’s, the compact disc in the 1980’s, to the recent phenomenon of CD’s, the internet and the MP3 and MP4 in the 1990’s and 21st century respectively. (Future Hit, 2010) Dating back to the 9th century, music was a form of life. It entailed aspects of culture and tradition, and brought people together for joyous and memorable occasions. In Ancient Greece, mixed-gender choruses performed for entertainment, celebration and spiritual ceremonies (West, 1994). Music was an important part of cultural and social life which illustrates the purpose of music as an instrument of social engagement and cultural activities. In the pre-war era the use of gramophones or records was very common in households and clubs and it was a symbolic gesture of appreciation of good music which entailed dancing and singing. (West, 1994). Commercial inclinations started to arise when the radio started broadcasting in the 1920’s and 30’s. The initial aim was to convey messages in public places and to spread advertisements and music as well (Reimer, 1995). During this period music was a part of life, people listened to it at home for comfort and pleasure and they danced to it in social clubs and parties for entertainment. Live music also came into the frame, which grew in popularity as it brought people together, and added that collectivist cultural aspect to

MP3 files began to spread on the Internet. it created a wider range of corridors to access music. which is a digital audio format for consumer audio storage (Eckhart. (Anderson. by storing digital data either sourced from other CD’s and the internet (BBC News. using software from the internet (Anderson.society as friends. The use of the internet to obtain Mp3 music was taking to the next level in technology and music. The popularity of MP3s began to rise rapidly with the arrival of audio players like Winamp which would play files in these formats. Mp3’s were introduced in 1995. and prompted label companies to sue Napster which was eventually shut down. games. 2006). The internet broadened the horizon and depths of music to heights that created avenues of opportunities and threats. 2000). This was followed by the Mp3. The degree to which music was bonded with everyday life was more tranquil and was an essential ingredient to the positive components of the 20th century. which led to artists receiving fewer royalties.. (Anderson. books. The compact disc (CD) digitized music. 2007). This is where the internet came in. albeit it can be said that on general terms the internet has done wonders for music. 2006) The internet also led to some negative issues such as copyright infringements and music piracy. The first large peer-to-peer file sharing network was Napster was launched in 1999. The widespread reach of music through peer-to-peer sites led to illegal downloads of music which created major panic and distortion in the music industry. the CD and the internet. The internet revolutionized aspects of life such as business and work. Into the end of the 1980’s and the 1990’s came two major explosions onto this planet. 2000). families. 2006) 2 . using the internet to download and share music files. It reduced sales of CD’s. The small size of MP3 files facilitated widespread file sharing of music which was ripped from CDs. and couples alike were brought together to have fun and celebrate. and the entertainment industry in particular music. and created the first use of internet usage to access and acquire music (Eckhart.

but also spread music like a wildfire plague. Again these players required the use of software from the internet and songs downloaded from the internet. albeit legal issues. The internet was a catalyst in building the base for availability and access to music. convenient and easy to access. songs and billboard hits via search engines. and thus started selling music online in different formats for a small fee. these allowed people to download files such as movies and music at faster speeds. the first portable digital audio player MPMan. these characteristics were the new trends going into the 20th century in comparison to the past especially among the youth. which shows that the youth of today is more tangled in the world of music than the youth of the past. South Korea. 3 . Sony Walkman and the Apple IPod. In a nutshell. In the past people had only heard of artists and music they heard from the radio. or at live shows. they can download albums and listen to music from streaming sites such as Youtube. Music Piracy. Shortly after came the next string of players such as the Dell Pocket DJ. led companies to realize the potential for online access to music. The internet has not only garnered the use of music on devices. today because of the internet people can search for new artists. music via the internet is free or cheap. 1999). 2006) According to my father. the volumes of download only increased. and social networking sites like Myspace and Facebook have been used to as cheaper and more effective alternative by new and upcoming artists to promote themselves. the only way he could listen to music was from the radio which was not always cheap. Today children are exposed to the wonders of the internet. was released to the public (Ruth.We have already witnessed one use of the internet. Then came file hosting sites such as Rapidshare and Hotfile. live shows had issues such as cost and location involved and not everyone could afford a radio at the time. developed in Seoul. Broadcasting sites like Youtube and megavideo allowed people to stream music and videos all over the world. In 1998. which again gives people a reason to download music off the internet. The accessibility factor was not present. (Laughley. the next big thing was the MP3 player.

Another issue is obsession. advertising. it doesn’t mean that music has lost its soul or meaning. it merely states that evolution of culture. However the question remains of when and where the line has to be drawn. Music has transformed from an element of life into a commodity of life. Personal Assistant. which leads them to engage in unwanted and unforgiveable acts like performing dangerous stunts or injuring people. write on their Myspace and Facebook pages and even create videos of how fanatic they and post them online. A person having a bad day can listen to their favorite songs and with the combination of the lyrics and tunes it has the ability to lift their spirits. An example of the power of music is the way we listen to music. Will it ever stop? The universe is the limit. On the other hand music has positive influences in relation to moods and feelings. With each artist or band comes a string of elements such as an agent. The internet has had a very deep and tremendous impact on music. there has been an increase in demand and other opportunities. this has led the world of business to enter a crack in the hole and intertwine commercial interests with music. With the rise of music due to the internet. This has led to a hypothetical overload that influence ones mind. By becoming a commodity. media. values and technology has made the music more intricate like a single plant growing into a forest. 4 . Public relations. Listening to music has become addictive. Some songs can also be inspirational and affect a person’s decisions and choices. Both the internet and music are growing and evolving side by side.The wave of the internets influence on music has made music more powerful and commercial. where fans are obsessed with artists and use the internet to stalk them. Some negative aspects are when the youth or disturbed take the lyrics as they are and not for their meaning. because of the internet and music devices the accessibility has allowed us to listen to much more music than in the past. This illustrates how complex and diverse the internet has made the music industry today. it has caused the realm of music to branch out into numerous avenues of all shapes and sizes. contracts and sponsors.

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