Conglomerate Rock: The Music Industry's Quest to Divide Music and Conquer Wallets

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Rowman & Littlefield, Aug 28, 2009 - Music - 147 pages
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Conglomerate Rock examines how the music industry is creating a new distribution infrastructure by dividing access to exclusive releases through different subscription services, hardware, and new media like audio DVDs in order to maximize profits. Author David J. Park argues that while these changes make it easier to see and hear artists from a handful of transnational corporations in commercial culture, access to music is becoming more dispersed, expensive and difficult to acquire. In addition, music and performers are increasingly being cross-promoted in films, television shows, commercials and other media owned by the Big 4 corporations. Conglomerate Rock critically analyzes these and other trends in order to provoke public discussion concerning the interaction between industry practice and music consumption. The present strategies employed by the industry will have long-term effects on the way consumers experience and access music, as well as how culture is viewed and portrayed in the United States and throughout the world.
 

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Contents

Music Industry in Transition
1
Theoretical Perspectives on Technology and Methodology
11
Description of the Music Industry
19
Charts
21
Record Label Investment and Ownership 2830
28
Conglomeration and HyperCommercialism
39
Conglomeration Hardware and Repeat Sales
53
File Sharing and Industry Sales
65
The Race to Online Distribution
93
Online Digital Music Providers
100
Distribution of Income From Digital Download Sales
106
Wireless Gold Rush
111
Conclusion
117
Bibliography
123
Index
137
Copyright

Towards a Secure Digital Future
77

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About the author (2009)

David J. Park is assistant professor in the Department of Advertising and Public Relations at Florida International University (FIU). He teaches in the graduate program at FIUOs School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

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