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Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture

Selling Digital Music, Formatting Culture (Hardback)

By Morris, Jeremy Wade

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Selling Digital Music documents the transition of recorded music on CDs to music as digital files on computers. More than two decades after the first digital music files began circulating in online archives and playing through new software media players, we have yet to fully inte...rnalize the cultural and aesthetic consequences of these shifts. Exploring the emergence of what Morris calls the digital music commodity, Selling Digital Music considers how a conflicted assemblage of technologies, users, and industries helped reformat popular music's meanings and uses. Through case studies of five key technologies Winamp, metadata, Napster, iTunes, and cloud computing Morris questions how music listeners gradually came to understand computers and digital files as suitable replacements for their stereos and CDs. The digitization of the music commodity connects industrial production, popular culture, technology, and commerce in a narrative involving the aesthetics of music and computers, the labor of producers and everyday users, as well as the value that listeners make and take from digital objects and cultural goods. Above all, Selling Digital Music is a sounding out of music's encounters with the interfaces, metadata, and algorithms of digital culture and why the shifting form of the musical commodity matters for the music and other media we love.
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ISBN 9780520287938
Released NZ 1 Jul 2015
Publisher University of California Press
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780520287938
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Status Indent title (internationally sourced), allow 8-12 weeks
Publisher University of California Press
Imprint University of California Press
Released 1 Jul 2015
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Morris, Jeremy Wade
Category Music
Music Recording & Reproduction
Media Studies
Popular Culture
Music Industry
Audio Processing: Music & Sound Effects
Miscellaneous Items
Number of Pages 288
Dimensions Width: 152mm
Height: 229mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code 338.4778
Weight 454g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Digital jukebox software, Music and the Internet, Music trade - Technological innovations
NBS Text Communication & Media
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly