Networked Music Cultures

Contemporary Approaches, Emerging Issues

  • Raphaël Nowak
  • Andrew Whelan

Part of the Pop Music, Culture and Identity book series (PMCI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Raphaël Nowak, Andrew Whelan
    Pages 1-11
  3. Matthew David
    Pages 49-65
  4. Víctor Ávila-Torres
    Pages 77-93
  5. Raphaël Nowak, Andrew Whelan
    Pages 113-131
  6. Anja Nylund Hagen
    Pages 227-245
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 247-251

About this book


This collection presents a range of essays on contemporary music distribution and consumption patterns and practices. The contributors to the collection use a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches, discussing the consequences and effects of the digital distribution of music as it is manifested in specific cultural contexts.

The widespread circulation of music in digital form has far-reaching consequences: not least for how we understand the practices of sourcing and consuming music, the political economy of the music industries, and the relationships between format and aesthetics. Through close empirical engagement with a variety of contexts and analytical frames, the contributors to this collection demonstrate that the changes associated with networked music are always situationally specific, sometimes contentious, and often unexpected in their implications. 

With chapters covering topics such as the business models of streaming audio, policy and professional discourses around the changing digital music market, the creative affordances of format and circulation, and local practices of accessing and engaging with music in a range of distinct cultural contexts, the book presents an overview of the themes, topics and approaches found in current social and cultural research on the relations between music and digital technology. 


Music music technologies digital age digital music networked music cultures peer-to-peer music streaming Spotify mp3 file-sharing piracy musical culture music formats music consumption music industry digital media music subcultures music online sociology of music sociology of culture

Editors and affiliations

  • Raphaël Nowak
    • 1
  • Andrew Whelan
    • 2
  1. 1.SPAISUniversity of BristolBristolUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.University of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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