THE RECORDING INDUSTRY By: Nik Howlett “Joe Fredkinstein”
• Phonograph, 1877• Gramophone disc/cylinder 1900 Brief History• 1903 The first 12 inch diameter records were released on the Monarch label. HMV Italiana released Verdi�s �Ernani� on 40 single sided discs.• 3 million records a year• V-discs (first vinyl)• Stereophonic recordings late 1960s, then Tape Recorder• 8-Track 1965• Compact Disc, 1982
Role/Function of Media• The recording industry is an industry whose goal is to distribute mastered tracks of recorded music to the public.• The industry is separate (gray area) from live performances.• Incorporated with other industries such as radio, film, television, movies, etc.
Key Players/Examples• Best-Selling album of all time…• LP• CD• Cassete• 8-Track
The Impact of Digital Age• New biggest supplier of music is iTunes by Apple Inc.• Digital sales surpass all other media forms• Single songs surpass album sales by far.• Pirating• Many free methods, radioplay, extra exposure
Future Issues/Questions for Discussion• The sale of records is trending to decrease while singles are increasing.• Is the future of music all free downloads?• Is production of physical albums going to become obselete?
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