It’s no secret the digital revolution has changed how music is recorded, shared, and heard. The past decade alone has seen a transfusion of music exchange unlike anything record labels or distribution company could have ever predicted. The format for music distribution has been slain and re-birthed in a unique method of file sharing and streaming on a play by purchase basis of subscriber networking.
Music has come along way since the introduction of compact discs in 1983. Even further of an evolution from cassettes tapes of the 1970’s and the original production of Vinyl recordings made popular in the 1950’s. The digital age gave birth to the Mp3; a low-memory data file used to store the contents of audio recordings on computer systems and digital play-back devices. The first mass-produced hardware MP3 was sold in 1998 as a SaeHan/Eiger MPMan. Apple began their monopolization of the Mp3 player phenomenon with the first edition Ipod in 2001.
Just a little over a decade later, The Iphone has seen nearly 5 upgrades and is virtually a hand-held computer with multiple functions of the most mind-boggling nature. Ipods have transformed into button size nano devices and computer systems have evolved to fit into a portable digital tablet that serves as a personal media notebook without needing the capacity of large computer hard drives. Tablet devices seem to have taken a strong leap in the world of multi-media storage and sharing. Apple’s Ipad isn’t the only company at the forefront either. Between the HP Touchpad, Samsung Galaxy, Acer’s Iconia Tab A500, Notion Ink’s ADAM and Blackberry Playbook there’s enough competition out there to stretch the market. In addition one of the cool things about purchasing tablets is that most of them are coming equipped with social music apps like Spotifty, Rdio, and Pandora.
These portable wireless multi-media sharing devices are just a small glimpse into how music will continue to be stored and shared in the 21st century. These new advances in technology leave the door wide open for streaming music services like Spotify, Rdio, and Lasf.fm to grow as more and more consumers adapt to the modern-day music model. Cloud technology has made a quantum leap in making all the music in your personal library portably playable without having transfer any actual file data.
It seems the day of carrying around hundreds of cd’s in sleeve books or stacks of cd cases is over, as thousands of songs are literally at our fingertips with the push of a button. Just imagine what we’ll be capable of as cloud computing and blue tooth technology morph, allowing us to vocally pull music literally out of thin air.Google+