Technological advancements during the last decade have had an absolutely huge impact on the way that music is handled. Assuming you werent a small kid back then, you can surely remember the way things were.
If you wanted an album, youd have to visit your local CDstore and pony up at least 12 dollars for a full length CD. If you wanted to buy a single, youd still have to pay a few dollars just for the song and a bonus track or two.
There were also things like Columbia House, which gavepeople access to a bunch of free CDs up front in exchange for a future commitment to buy a certain amount.
In the late 1990s, we saw the birth of the MP3 format. People could now listen to music from their computers without the need for a CD. The ability to store thingsdigitally changed the state of music as we know it today.
There was no iTunes back then. While it was possible to buy a few albums digitally here and there, the music industry was still pushing its physical CDs harder than anything else.
A few smart developers thought up the idea to allow people to share their music and other files with themasses. As a result, a number of P2P programs flourishedand millions of people were suddenly getting their music for free. No one could have envisioned such a drastic change.
Weve come a very long way since then, and while wewould never advise that you get your music like this, some people still do. There are risks associated with such behavior and the many affordable legal options give you no reason not to do things the right way.
Think about what you did for music a few years ago and what you do today. Theres a good chance that youredoing something different. With the prevalence of mobile devices that can store songs, many people are downloading music straight to their phones these days.Others are streaming them, which we predict will becomethe next big trend as cloud computing continues to grow.