David Kirkpatrick

February 12, 2008

Downloads and the music industry

Filed under: Arts, Business, Technology — Tags: , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 5:20 pm

This is an interesting release about music downloading.

From the link:

A fascinating new paper from the Journal of Consumer Research investigates the seven-year war on music downloading that unfolded among corporate music executives and music downloaders. Markus Giesler (York University) uses a performance-ethnography approach, studying the music marketplace as a cultural stage on which consumers and producers interact as dramatic players to reach their conflicting goals.

As a record producer during Napster’s emergence in the late ‘90s, Giesler had first hand experience dealing with several issues: How does market evolution change price-value relationships for music” Will this fundamentally new way of music consumption herald the end of the music market” Was there a common pattern of historical transformation at work that, once revealed, could be used to better understand other instances of market evolution”

To answer these questions, he sought to identify both the fundamental cultural tensions that drive the performances of downloaders and producers on the market stage, and the dramatic plot structure that integrates the war on music downloading into a historical narrative of market evolution.

“These findings yield some novel theoretical insights for the study of market system dynamics,” Giesler says. “This study has argued for more attention to the idea that markets are staged compromises between sharing and owning.”

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