Monday, September 25, 2017

The invention of digital music

In the early 1980s, a computer program was developed that caused a major shift in the music universe. The way people listen to music changed dramatically.

Digital music affects more than the way consumers purchase their favorite tunes; it also affects how music is recorded.

In 1983 there was a creation of the Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI). The rise in a number of digital synthesizers and sequencers, as well as the ease of interconnecting different components through the MIDI, led to a growth in electronic music in the late 1980s and onwards.

One of the significant aspects of the innovations was their affordability, which reflected the ever–decreasing costs of microprocessor. This put powerful music making capabilities into the hands of average consumers.

Digital recording made its way into studios in the 1990s. Replacing older analog tape recorders, and thus changing the whole nature of recording industry.

The late 1990s and early 200s saw the increasing permeation of computers into the domestic sphere. In tandem, more music began to be produced on computers: hardware began to be complemented by software and a variety of different music was increasingly produced on desktops and laptops.

In 2008 the international digital music grew by roughly a quarter, to a value of $3.7 billion. Apple was by no means the innovator in digital music players, but they made the most attractive one, with the largest capacity and then marketed it to perfection.

In April 2008 Apple announced that the ‘iTunes Store’, its online digital music outlet, had become the largest music retailer in the US, surpassing Wal-Mart, the dominant physical retail chain.
The invention of digital music

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