This chapter outlines the motivation behind this research. It begins by examining the major views concerning challenges and opportunities in the recording industry brought about by digital technology. It then sets out the arguments as to why these views do not explain some of the important developments arising in the digital recording industry. Noting that the prevailing account of the industry characterised by a simplified utopian or dystopian view does not do justice in explaining the complexities involved in the technological developments, this chapter attests to the need for a new perspective in understanding the digital recording industry. The chapter ends with an outline of the book and provides a summary of each chapter.
- Aguiar, L., and J. Waldfogel. 2015. Streaming Reaches Flood Stage: Does Spotify Stimulate or Depress Music Sales? Working Paper No. 21653, National Bureau of Economic Research.Google Scholar
- Benkler, Y. 2006. The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.Google Scholar
- Biddle, P., P. England, M. Peinado, and B. Willman. 2002. The Darknet and the Future of Content Distribution. ACM Workshop on Digital Rights Management.Google Scholar
- IFPI. 2017. IFPI Global Music Report 2017: Annual State of the Industry. Available from http://www.ifpi.org/news/IFPI-GLOBAL-MUSIC-REPORT-2017.
- MacKenzie, D.A., and J. Wajcman. 1985. The Social Shaping of Technology: How the Refrigerator Got Its Hum. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.Google Scholar
- Marshall, L., J. Williamson, and M. Cloonan (eds.). 2013. Contextualising the Contemporary Recording Industry. In The International Recording Industries. Milton Park: Routledge.Google Scholar
- Page, W. 2013. Adventures in the Netherlands: New Spotify Study Sees Encouraging Downwards Trend in Music Piracy in the Netherlands. Spotify Press.Google Scholar
- Pasquale III, F.A., K.G. Weatherall, and M.B. Fagin. 2002. Beyond Napster: Using Antitrust Law to Advance and Enhance Online Music Distribution. Boston University Journal of Science & Technology Law 8 (2): 451–573.Google Scholar
- Roberts, R. 2011. Critic’s Notebook: With Spotify, the Future of Music Is Here. LA Times Blogs—Pop & Hiss.Google Scholar
- Schumpeter, J.A. 1950. Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy. London: G. Allen & Unwin.Google Scholar
- Sørensen, K.H. 1996. Learning Technology, Constructing Culture: Socio-Technical Change as Social Learning. Trondheim: University of Trondheim, Centre for Technology and Society, No. 18/96.Google Scholar
- Wikström, P. 2013. The Music Industry: Music in the Cloud, 2nd ed. Cambridge, England: Polity.Google Scholar
- Williams, R., J. Stewart, and R. Slack. 2005. Social Learning in Technological Innovation: Experimenting with Information and Communication Technologies. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.Google Scholar