The Internet connects so many people with so many products and, as in all industry, not all these people and products are fair and honest. The same is true in the world of the online music industry. Some artists champion the public's right to hear and record their music in an "industry-free" atmosphere. Others fear that their art is being exploited and their rights denied. In October 1999 the IFPI announced its efforts "aimed at ridding the Internet of large amounts of pirate content and paving the way for artists and record companies to deliver music electronically and legally across the world" (IFPI, 1999).
When the user obtains the file, it then becomes searchable and downloadable by other users. As more users download the same file, the odds of another user locating that file greatly increases, as more people on the network are offering it for download. This makes the spread of an individual files move swiftly. The most popular of these services on the Internet is Napster. As Napster has gained popularity, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has sued the service claiming that Napster provides a safe haven for users to trade copyrighted material.
The Digital Music Revolution Every day, billions and billions of bytes of information trade hands over the Internet. Often, this data is copyrighted, thereby making its sharing illegal. Information can range from online books to computer applications, games, movies, and even cross-stitch needlework patterns. But possibly the largest percentage consists of one specific kind of media: digital music. Programs have popped up all over the market to take part in this mass media exchange.
Internet File Sharing and the Music Industry Imagine millions of songs accessible in one place. Today songs are just a few clicks away since the introduction of the internet and file sharing. File sharing is simply taking a file and allowing other internet users to download and use the file permanently. The accessibility and use of file sharing programs has devastated the music industry financially. The fact that almost every song recorded today is accessible through a free program encourages most consumers to download rather than buy.
Whatever the final outcome of the lawsuits may be, the one conclusion that can be drawn from all the arguments and debate is that the current system, Napster, will have to change if it is going to continue to survive. In May of 1999, an Internet service by the name of: Napster, Inc. began operation by providing online users a cyber highway to free music. An individual simply could upload a song from a purchased CD onto their hard drive, and with the use of Napster, millions of others could have access to that exact file. Everyday millions of people log onto the Internet in search of what is called "free music." They can download a song of choice, and by... ... middle of paper ... ...e has succeeded.
If it weren?t for the RIAA suing them, most people wouldn?t have even heard of Napster. There are many programs like Napster on the Internet, but the RIAA has set its sights on the most popular one for now. I don?t see any reason to shut them down completely. The RIAA and Napster should combine and create a better place to find music on the Internet. People that use Napster think that downloading music is a way of sharing.
Napster is an online trading program that allows users to look into another persons hard-drive in order to trade music. “Napster and similar software provides users with a method of searching thousands of other users computers to share thousands of high quality music, music that is stored in the compressed .mp3 format.”(Internet). Music of the popular artist is traded through the Internet at no cost. In other words instead of having to pay market price for music users of Napster receive the music for free. Napster has caused major controversy throughout the music industry.
Napster A battle is being fought over how we access our music. Technology has greatly changed the days of going to the record store to purchase music. Now we are able to link to millions of music lovers around the world by hopping on our computers, getting on the interenet and by using a file-sharing program called Napster. Now many questions arise: Is it stealing from the artists or is it stealing from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)? It also brings about the questions of how "free" the internet should be.
For recent experience I have gained a lot of information towards why music downloading is a great process. Most of the information presented here is mostly from experience and from recent article placed on the Internet. If you were to ask the average American if they believed downloading music is a good advancement toward the Internet society, in response you would get a 70% of the people agreeing with it. One person said, “Ever since downloading is begun, I have not only learned of new music, but have found bands I never thought I could get.”(Discovering computer 2003) From a typical user you can learn a whole lot when you’re not up to today’s status. A major reason why downloading is great is because it’s free, accessible and everyone can join in on it.
The New Technology of Music With the advancement of computer-based technology, music is being accessed and created in ways that were not seen only a few years ago. Whole catalogs of music are available on the Internet, some for a fee but most are free. Artists can create studio quality recordings at home with the help of digital technology and upload those songs to the Internet. As to be expected the recording industry has a severe distain for this advancement of musical technology simply for fear of it disturbing the companies year end bottom line. As much as the record business would like to have the public believe that computer-based music technology would forever ruin music, quit the opposite is true.