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Really enjoying what everyone’s posting–it seems the general trend toward the end of Kot’s book is that, given the impact of digital distribution and the overall dynamic of the Internet age, both artists and consumers are inheriting increased powers in how music is marketed, curated, and distributed. Kot’s general narrative–and he mentions in the afterword […]

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When Steve Jobs first specified that there would be two price points for songs on iTunes (DRM-free and higher quality at $1.29, and standard at $.99), it was initially couched with all the aplomb and enthusiasm he was known for and not reviled by customers.  Even later in 2009, when there would be standardized tiers […]

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Before the Internet Age and the digital music revolution, there are many traditional gatekeepers in the music industry such as the record labels, radio stations, newspaper/magazine editors, buyers at distributors,etc.  Each of them is actually  part of the  organic “gatekeeper system” and works together to affect the of accessibility of  musicians to the audiences. They […]

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One of my takeaways from Kot’s reading for today is that while the internet solved some problems in terms of the music business, it definitely created certain new problems.  Maybe saying “exchanging one kingmaker for another” is a bit dramatic in the case of the record companies versus a site like Pitchfork.  However, the point […]

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From the traditional point of view, big labels, IRAA and the major media are major gatekeepers in music industry. The whole economy including distribution, publishing, touring are mostly in big labels hand. In the meantime, media like AM/FM radio and MTV are deciding how well the audience gets the news, attendance to concert and their […]

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How the digital music revolution is playing out for musicians in the real world might be determined by our definition of musicians. For the established money making mammoths, the shift in power and control in creating and distributing music is rightly worrisome. But for the millions of would-be stars, it seems like the gates of […]

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My immediate reaction to Kot’s arguments, which are admittedly story-like and simplistic, is: why does everyone not know about the gatekeepers and the overwhelming obstacles musicians face distributing their music? I’ve “followed” the music industry as a fan my whole life but I was never aware of the more-or-less monopoly that governs radio plays, or […]

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