Turner, 1 Technology is Advancing Music…. Keep Up! Throughout the years, the advancement of technology has skyrocketed. Due to the more advanced devices, many different resources have been made available to us. One of these resources is the availability of downloads off of the internet. A common downloaded item is songs. This effect has been a major impact on not only the listeners of the music but also to the musicians. Though many people think that this filesharing is a negative problem that is growing rapidly, it actually helps the success of musicians to grow. Filesharing may cause a decrease in CD sales, but overall, the music sells better if downloaded for a cheaper price. Musicians who release songs on the internet are more likely to become successful than a musician who releases a CD. This is because of the likelihood; a person who is not familiar with a band is more likely to buy one song to listen to than they would buy an entire CD. If they do not like the music, they cannot return a song like they can a CD. This causes a minor increase in sales. If they do like the music, they may buy more songs later. This overall effect may cause an increase in the musician’s fans. An article was released a few months ago that demonstrated one example of a musician’s filesharing success. In October 2007, a British band, called Radiohead, recorded a CD in the studio, but they never released it in a hardcopy form; instead, they only had it available to download off of their website (Levy). Their great idea led to their success of sharing more than 500,000 copies of their songs. This probably would not have been as high if they only released a CD in stores. People living in the modern world like to keep up with the technological discoveries, and in order for
Turner, 2 musicians to succeed, they must alter their ways as well. Radiohead was a great example of how they altered their selling methods in a very successful way. Not all success is measured in money. Radiohead discovered this as well. With their song downloads, however, they did give the listener a chance to pay for their music. “The consensus of … customers is that many are paying $5 to $15... but perhaps a third have chosen to pay nothing” (Levy). While many people may think that this would harm the band, the comanager of this band thought that the idea was a huge success. It made the band’s name even more known all around the world. This can cause their songs to be top on the billboard charts. If more people start to love the music style, their concerts would sell more tickets, and perhaps even all of the seats would sell out. This effect would be greater than if the band was not known as much and did not sell out of any of their concerts. In this world, people are more likely to choose whatever comes the cheapest to them. With technology, a band’s success is no longer about the money as much as it is the fame. Record companies do depend on their money though. Without income, they make no profit either. Recently, however, it has been argued that the effect has been beneficial to all sides, including the companies, the musicians, and the listeners. A newspaper, The Atlantic Monthly, looked into effects of internet piracy. They discovered that “the recording industry loses little or no money, and millions of American[s]… get their music for free” (“A Victimless Crime”). The effect of this new popular technology has made the music business a bigger accomplishment. Free music downloads are, in fact, a bigger hit among people of all ages than purchasing a CD is.
Turner, 3 What is music worth today? This question can be argued on many different sides. When people could be buying things that they need, they do not want to have to pay for luxuries, like music. Human nature tells people that if something is free, they should take it and take advantage of it. Today, “technology wants to make [music] close to free” (Levy). There are more ways for musicians to get money from their work other than CDs and such. Internet filesharing does not harm the musicians in this way, so what do they have to lose? In order to become a success, musicians today have to keep up with society. Success will grow with popularity. The more free music musicians have available, the more they will be liked by the general public. Overall, filesharing does in fact, ultimately help the success of a musician to grow.