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Author Morris, Jeremy Wade, 1976- author

Title Selling digital music, formatting culture / Jeremy Wade Morris
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
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Contents Introduction : the digital music commodity -- Music as a digital file -- Making technology behave -- This business of Napster -- Click to buy : Music in digital stores -- Music in the cloud -- Conclusion : exceptional objects
Summary "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 internalize 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, and 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."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Digital jukebox software -- Case studies.
Music and the Internet.
Music trade -- Technological innovations.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2015016443
ISBN 0520962931 (electronic bk.)
9780520962934 (electronic bk.)