Music In the Internet Age Part I (by David R.)

| New Internationalist | by David Rausch |

When it comes to Top 40 radio, it seems as if the year’s most highly rated albums have been left out, with Kanye West’s Life of Pablo only providing two popular singles and the year’s most acclaimed album Radiohead’s Moon Shaped Pool being left out entirely. In that case, what is on top? Closer by the Chainsmokers, a song that the most gracious critic would call vapid at best. So how did he get here? We were virtually dragged along by a drastically changed music industry that has become increasingly inconsequential to the progression of music as art in the last 20 years.

Since the advent of the internet, file sharing has been one of it’s primary uses; the idea that books, movies and music could be accessible on a grand scale and were essentially free excited the general public, who were sick and tired of paying for art that…

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