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Media, Money, and the Future

As we learned in our research, Americans are undoubtedly aware of the current economic struggles. And large companies aren’t oblivious to this either. The reminders pervade media forms of all kinds: newspaper headlines, popular rap song lyrics, credit card commercials, etc.

Although we focused on different American industries, we have all seen […]

CDs vs. Digital: The Future of the Music Industry

We’ve already seen that most music is advertised through a digital platform, such as commercials for smart-phones, MP3 players, or online subscription services. Yet you hardly see an ad for CDs anymore. Has the shift finally occurred from compact to digital?

According to the New York Times, the movement has already started with Atlantic Records:

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P2P: Past 2 Present

It’s interesting to see how music has evolved to adapt to the changing economy. I mean, let’s be honest – it’s always been a game of money. But it’s also been about quality and convenience. P2P (peer-to-peer) networks understood all of these concepts when it came to music (among other things), which is why they […]

Cashing in on Convergence: Apple is a Winner

As the music industry struggles with CD sales, file sharing, etc., one company has seemed to overcome all obstacles to keep its sales in the black. Who could it be?

Surprise surprise, Apple has managed to create such a successful product, it actually does a lot of the work in selling the rest of […]

The (Mis)behavior of Music Consumers

It’s unlikely to hear of music consumers who have never downloaded at least one song illegally. Whether through P2P networks such as the old Napster or Kazaa, through bit-torrent programs, or from some random website hosting download-able mp3s.

However, there are those few who are still loyal to the bands they hear. But even so, […]

Digital-to-go: Savior of the Entertainment Industry?

Can one really throw out entertainment as an “unnecessary expense”? I doubt it, but in this time of economic hardship in America, many are having to cut back on movie nights, buying the latest CD from some popular artist, and other luxury entertainment sources.

So with all of this cutting back, how […]