Digital Revolution Tamed

The Case of the Recording Industry

  • Hyojung Sun

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Hyojung Sun
    Pages 1-10
  3. Hyojung Sun
    Pages 11-27
  4. Hyojung Sun
    Pages 97-134
  5. Hyojung Sun
    Pages 135-170
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  7. Hyojung Sun
    Pages 227-256
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 287-328

About this book


This book explores why widespread predictions of the radical transformation in the recording industry did not materialise. Although the growing revenue generated from streaming signals the recovery of the digital music business, it is important to ask to what extent is the current development a response to digital innovation. Hyojung Sun finds the answer in the detailed innovation process that has taken place since Napster. She reassesses the way digital music technologies were encultured in complex music valorisation processes and demonstrates how the industry has become reintermediated rather than disintermediated. 

This book offers a new understanding of digital disruption in the recording industry. It captures the complexity of the innovation processes that brought about technological development, which arose as a result of interaction across the circuit of the recording business – production, distribution, valorisation, and consumption. By offering a more sophisticated account than the prevailing dichotomy, the book exposes deterministic myths surrounding the radical transformation of the industry.


Digital Recording Industry digital technology copyright regulation Evolution of Music Technologies Napster CD's Youtube Peer-To-Peer iTunes Networks of Creativity Networks of Reproduction Networks of Distribution/Promotion Networks of Consumption

Authors and affiliations

  • Hyojung Sun
    • 1
  1. 1.Creative Industries InstituteUlster UniversityBelfastUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-93021-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-93022-0
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