Digital Music Distribution Networks

  • Hyojung Sun


This chapter analyses the evolution of digital distribution networks since Napster. It first addresses how iTunes laid the foundation of the digital distribution infrastructure and marked the beginning of reintermediation, leading to an emergence of new intermediaries in the market. The chapter then moves on to a discussion on the unprecedented opportunities presented in digital music distribution networks and the unexpected issues bringing challenges for this potential to be fully realised in the market. To recount how both the continuity and discontinuity are converged, I then broaden the perspective and address the changing dynamics unfolding in four major networks—creativity, reproduction, distribution/promotion and consumption.


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  • Hyojung Sun
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  1. 1.Creative Industries InstituteUlster UniversityBelfastUK

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