How the internet has affected Music.

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Before the invention of the Internet, Music was available from many sources. Most commonly, people would venture out into their local town and buy CD’s and records from music stores such as HMV and Virgin. Sometimes they would even record a friend’s CD onto tape instead of buying it. With the advance of technology, people could even record from CD to CD. Music piracy existed before the invention of the Internet.

        This essay will focus on the effects the Internet has had on the Music industry

        Microsoft are one of the most important companies involved in this issue because they make they make the most readily recognised software to access the Internet and to stream media. (Streaming media is when media is listened to or watched when the media is situated on the Internet and not on your computer). Due to Microsoft’s monopolisation of the software market, few other companies were significant. However, in previous years, other companies have started to greatly affect the Internet side of this story.

        The most well known story of a company defying Microsoft’s power is the story of Napster and Metallica. Napster provided a free file-sharing service which let millions of users across the Internet ‘share’ their music files, which meant anyone with this program could download any music that was on another user’s computer. Metallica, a Heavy Metal band formed in 1981, are the second highest grossing Heavy Metal band after Iron Maiden. They filed a lawsuit against Napster in the US District Court, Central District of California, alleging that the company encourages piracy by enabling and allowing its users to trade copyrighted songs through its servers.

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        This is the main disadvantage of the Internet’s affects on the Music Industry. Bands, record companies and music shops are all suffering from this new craze to download or ‘share’ music files across the Internet. The common misconseption is that the music is on the Internet, but most people get music from Peer-to-Peer programs (P2P). This means that people can share their music with the rest of the world. Users then search for the music they want and download it.

        Although Napster has now been reduced to a subscription based service, the main program that is used with Internet ...

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