With the rising popularity of online music, the nature of the music industry is rapidly changing. Rather than buying albums, tapes, or CDs, music shoppers can purchase just one song at a time. It's akin to putting a coin into a diner jukebox-except the jukebox is out in cyberspace. But has increasing copyright protection gone too far in keeping the music from the masses? The authors show how the online music industry will establish the model for digital distribution, cultural access, and consumer privacy. Digital Music Wars explores the far-reaching implications of downloading music in an in-depth and insightful way.
Patrick Burkart is assistant professor of communication at Texas A&M University. Tom McCourt is assistant professor of communication and media studies at Fordham University and the author of Conflicting Communication Interests in America: The Case of National Public Radio.
Chapter 1 1 The "Celestial Jukebox" Chapter 2 2 The Music Industry in Transition Chapter 3 3 The Jukebox Contested Chapter 4 4 The Jukebox Implemented Chapter 5 5 Digital Capitalism, Culture, and the Public Interest