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Digital Revolution Tamed

The Case of the Recording Industry

Authors: Sun, Hyojung

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  • A comprehensive introduction to the mutual shaping of technological and societal change in the recording industry.
  • Offers an up-to-date assessment of the detailed process involved in the technological development of the digital recording industry, featuring a number of topical cases and examples including Napster, Apple, YouTube, and Spotify.
  • Moves beyond traditional views of technological change by looking at multiple loci and their respective roles and contributions to technological development and innovation practices.
  • Draws insights from across Science and Technology Studies, and in particular the Social Shaping of Technology perspectives of Donald MacKenzie and Judy Wajcman.
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This book explores why widespread predictions of the radical transformation in the recording industry did not materialise. Although the growing revenue generated from streaming signals the recovery of the digital music business, it is important to ask to what extent is the current development a response to digital innovation. Hyojung Sun finds the answer in the detailed innovation process that has taken place since Napster. She reassesses the way digital music technologies were encultured in complex music valorisation processes and demonstrates how the industry has become reintermediated rather than disintermediated. 
This book offers a new understanding of digital disruption in the recording industry. It captures the complexity of the innovation processes that brought about technological development, which arose as a result of interaction across the circuit of the recording business – production, distribution, valorisation, and consumption. By offering a more sophisticated account than the prevailing dichotomy, the book exposes deterministic myths surrounding the radical transformation of the industry.

About the authors

Hyojung Sun is currently working as a research fellow at Ulster University, UK, leading a UK-government sponsored research project entitled Music 2025, which aims to untangle the complex issues involved around the transparency of data in digital music contents. She obtained her PhD in Science, Technology and Innovation Studies from the University of Edinburgh, UK.

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“Hyojung Sun’s Digital Revolution Tamed focuses on the most recent developments in the disruption of the recorded music industry, highlighting the mismatch in the impact of the digital era between the initial predictions and what actually happened. The qualitative methodology includes a range of robust supporting official statistics along with case studies to describe the innovations over the past 25 years. A book such as this should be essential reading for those wishing to understand how the entire recorded music industry has been forced to evolve to meet the needs of its customers and stakeholders and, even, it is hoped to become more transparent and fair.” (Dennis Collopy, Senior Research Fellow, University of Hertfordshire, UK)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook £51.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93022-0
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover £64.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-93021-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Digital Revolution Tamed
Book Subtitle
The Case of the Recording Industry
Authors
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-93022-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-93022-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-93021-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 328
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations
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