Music Market Configuration : From Human Voice To Virtual Format

The public consumption of music composition has evolved over the decades and today with the ICT, people can enjoy any music from anywhere.

The art of ordering sounds in succession, in combination, and in temporal relationships to produce a composition having unity and continuity has evolved. In the beginning, the human voice was used to solely make known the art of singing. But today, musical compositions have taken several routes. From the vinyl records to cassettes, to the MP3 player or CDs and now to digital downloads (YouTube, Sound clouds, etc) , individuals have come to enjoy music in its different configurations. 
In the 19th century, experts say one of the key ways that new compositions became known to the public was by the sales of sheet music, which amateur music lovers would perform at home on their piano or other common instruments, such as violin. With the 20th-century music, the invention of new electric technologies such as radio broadcasting and the mass market availability of gramophone records meant that sound recordings of songs and pieces heard by listeners (either on the radio or on their record player) became the main way to learn about new songs and pieces. Information further reveals that a phonograph record (also known as a gramophone record, a vinyl record, or simply a record, was the primary medium used for music reproduction throughout the 20th century. It co-existed with the phonograph cylinder from the late 1880s and had effectively superseded it by around 1912. Records retained it was the largest market share even when new formats such as the compact cassette were mass-marketed. 
By the 1980s, digital media, in the form of the compact disc, had gained a larger market share, and the record left the mainstream in 1991. Since the 1990s, records continue to be manufactured and sold on a smaller scale and during the 1990s and early 2000s were commonly used by disc jockeys (DJs), especially in dance music genres. In the 1990s, an increasing...



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