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How Technology Has Changed The Way We Consume Music

Technology - bridging the gap between traditional and modern music consumption approaches

27Feb

Top app development companies are now playing a much bigger role in the way we consume music than ever before, and while there are some who find themselves sceptical of these changes, it has levelled the playing field for both aspiring artists and music lovers alike.

Thanks to continued Android and iPhone app developments, almost any smartphone user in the world now has access to a massive library of music and they do not even have to swipe their credit card or make any sort of major purchase to do so.

While there are some who are willing to spring for pricey premium memberships to numerous streaming services, such as Apple Music and Tidal, there are still a number of free streaming services that offer unprecedented access to new and old music.

Spotify remains the standard bearer in this respect, but there are also other streaming services that aim to provide access to music that would typically go unheard, as sites like Livemixtapes and Bandcamp offer browsers the chance to discover artists that they have never heard of otherwise.

Technology has changed a variety of music consumption aspects, but for major artists, the combination of music streaming services, easily accessible apps, and Billboard chart changes that are designed to recognize the importance of streaming in the everyday life, have significantly changed the way their fans access new projects and the way in which their success is measured.

Gone are the days where an artist's success was decided by the number of times their singles played on the radio and the number of times their albums were purchased from a traditional retail outlet that is recognized by SoundScan.

Artists that once relied on expensive album roll outs that were funded by their record label now have the ability to simply drop a project out of the clear blue sky and allow the streaming numbers to decide which song should be pushed as a single and which songs are best left as deep cuts.

When top app development companies set about the task of creating apps that would make music more accessible to the legion of smartphone owners in the world, they never could have predicted that this simple action would have such a powerful ripple effect on the entirety of the music industry.

Music fans that used to head to piracy sites whenever a new album was released - in hopes of scoring a free copy - are now content to wait for their favorites to place their work on their favorite streaming services. The level of urgency that used to take place in the bootlegging world has been replaced by a surprising amount of patience.

After all, why would a person go through all of the effort to try and find a piece of music illegally, when it will likely be found on their chosen streaming site within 24 hours of release? This also benefits the artists immensely, as they no longer have to worry about their work being leaked before they are ready to showcase it to the general public.

iPhone app development and Android app development have certainly changed the way we consume music for good, and while the future is uncertain, one thing is for sure: the old ways of doing things are gone forever.

Sources

Harnil Oza is the founder and CEO of Hyperlink Infosystem, a mobile app development company with the best team of app developers India. Being the founder of the company, he takes care of business development activities and maintains relations with clients.

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