Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture

Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture

Jeremy Wade Morris


Selling electronic tune, Formatting Culture records the transition of recorded tune on CDs to track as electronic documents on desktops. greater than twenty years after the 1st electronic tune records started circulating in on-line files and taking part in via new software program media gamers, we've got but to completely internalize the cultural and aesthetic results of those shifts. Tracing the emergence of what Jeremy Wade Morris calls the “digital track commodity,” Selling electronic track, Formatting Culture considers how a conflicted assemblage of applied sciences, clients, and industries helped reformat well known music’s meanings and makes use of. via case reviews of 5 key technologies—Winamp, metadata, Napster, iTunes, and cloud computing—this publication explores how tune listeners progressively got here to appreciate desktops and electronic records as appropriate replacements for his or her stereos and CD. Morris connects business creation, pop culture, know-how, and trade in a story regarding the aesthetics of tune and pcs, and the hard work of manufacturers and daily clients, in addition to the worth that listeners make and take from electronic gadgets and cultural items. particularly, Selling electronic tune, Formatting Culture is a sounding out of music’s encounters with the interfaces, metadata, and algorithms of electronic tradition and of why the moving kind of the song commodity concerns for the tune and different media we love.

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