The rise of MP3 and its effect on the music industry

Waterfield, Kevin (2007) The rise of MP3 and its effect on the music industry. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The way we access music is changing no longer are we restricted to buying music on the high street but we can download music in the form of MP3s from computers or even mobile phones instantly. This dissertation will look at whether consumers gather their music by legal or illegal means and the effect that the internet is having on the music industry. Whenever a new media is introduced the same arguments always arise. For example when cassettes replaced vinyl and CDs replaced cassettes there has always been speculation that its introduction could ruin the industry. In this dissertation I will investigate to what extant these arguments are true. This is mainly a library based thesis relying on historical information of music sales and statistics over the years which will help me recognise patterns and reoccurring themes. I will be using secondary sources to base and substantiate my theories in the form of journals, dissertations, books and websites. I will also utilise primary data in the form of questionnaires and interviews to draw my own conclusions on this topic and make recommendations / predictions on the future of the music industry. The main argument of this paper is that piracy is having a detrimental effect on the music industry which is substantiated by figures obtained from the student population.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Portsmouth Business School > Accounting and Financial Management
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:14

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