Theorizing music streaming: preliminary investigations

Barr, K. (2013) Theorizing music streaming: preliminary investigations. Scottish Music Review, 3,

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The recording industry is in transition: from an industry of tangible music products towards an industry of intangible music services. Focusing on the music streaming service Spotify and its impact on the UK popular music market, this article scrutinizes key theoretical aspects of this shift from product to service. The article falls into three parts. The first probes existing literature, identifying three concepts valuable in constructing a theoretical framework for interrogating music streaming: ‘Basket of Rights’, ‘Disruptive Innovation’ and ‘Celestial Jukebox’. The second part theorizes how these concepts may be applied to Spotify. Building on this, the conclusion identifies aspects of music streaming ripe for research.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barr, Dr Kenneth
Authors: Barr, K.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Scottish Music Review

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