Technology has completely changed how we listen to and obtain music. From downloading and sharing files to purchasing music on iTunes, obtaining music is a lot different than just going to the store and purchasing a CD. Those days are long gone.
In the past, crazed fans have waited until midnight to purchase their favorite band’s or artist’s new CD at the store on the morning of the release date. The Internet has made things much easier. Attaining music is as easy as paying $0.99 for a song and downloading it to a media player on you computer and uploading it to an MP3 player.
An MP3 player is a mobile portable player much like the “Walkman” or portable radio in past lives. Today the most popular MP3 player on the market is the iPod by Apple. Uploading music to your MP3 player is easy by using a media player. The most popular media player used on computers is iTunes, another Apple product. You can download and purchase songs through iTunes, organize and play music, and even upload photos. You can also import or “rip” tracks from CDs into iTunes. iTunes will convert them to MP3s so you can upload them to your MP3 player, or iPod.
The functions of an iPod have evolved even in the last ten years since the first one became available in October of 2001. One of the first iPod designs was the iPod Shuffle. It was small and compact and was only able to hold a little over 100 songs. Today’s iPod, the most advanced being the iPod Touch, has all the capabilities of an iPhone with Internet access, a built in camera, calendar, and chat functions. You can purchase an iPod Touch with up to 64G of room.
Downloading and file sharing music and MP3 files has uprooted some legal concerns. Napster, originally designed by a Northeastern student in 2001, was the first file sharing program available on the Web. Since then Napster has since regained its power and is now available but with a paid subscription only.
Other online services, such as Internet radio and YouTube have also impacted the way we listen to music. Setting up an account is free and you can pick the artists and songs that you want your “station” to play. The more you listen, Pandora will play songs that are similar to those that you have chosen. YouTube is also available to listen to songs, watch music videos, and even watch home videos of artists performing. YouTube also has a similar function that will suggest similar videos to those that you have viewed.
Internet radio and YouTube have also helped underground bands rise to the surface. Bands in the past had to fight and try to sell their music to get radio play time. Today, we don’t rely on listening to the radio to hear new songs or new artists. With YouTube, Internet radio, iTunes, and even Facebook at our fingertips, its easier for artists to become known and heard.
The future of music is already here and it is continuously changing. The days of radio stations using radio frequencies and compact discs are dying out. Less and less of today’s generation listen to radio stations. The constant ads, commercials, and talk shows are boring and annoying. It much more pleasurable to plug in your iPod and listen to the music YOU want to listen to.
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