The Future of Music

  • by Dave Kusek, Gerd Leonhard
  • Narrated by uncredited
  • 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The record industry as we know it is dying. But the music industry is healthier and more vibrant than ever, with limitless possibilities for change and growth due to the Internet and the digitization of music.The Future of Music will show you cool new ways to find music and connect with your favorite artists. Discover the Top-10 truths about the music business of the future and how you can benefit from the explosion in digital music, today and tomorrow.The Future of Music punches gaping holes through the foundation of a record industry that refuses to adapt.
The best-selling CD of 2004 is blank and recordable.
Blink-182's best-selling single of all time was "launched" on EA's Madden 2004 video game.
File-sharing can be the savior of the music industry.
The artists are the brands, and entertainment is the main attraction.
Radio is no longer the primary way that people discover new music.
The record business is NOT the record business.


What the Critics Say

"Clearly written and groundbreaking." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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Should be The Future of Music Industry

If you are expecting predictions as to what music will "sound" like, as I was, you will be disappointed. This is all about the music industry, not music itself. However the book sums up recent music industry history very well, and shines light into a lot of dark corners. It shows the RIAA fight against Napster et al as the short-sighted self-protectionist farce we all knew it was, and how current industry practices are driving customers toward file sharing instead of away.

Then the book moves on to talk about what music could and should be like to ensure the future of the industry. Very interesting reading, and some novel parallels with water, but I doubt this book will influence anyone. It works better to enlighten the masses as to where the industry is already heading.
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- chris

VERY Dissappointing

This book is extremely dissappointing. The logic and underlying philosophy is overly simplistic and utopian. Basically this is a 7 hour diatribe on the merits of a revamped IP system with no sound rationale behind it other than "music as water". If the authors' had any understanding of the global water industry and its history they would understand how idiotic their comparison is. The WORST book I have gotten at Audible out of 20 or so books.

Even my wife who is not technical at all said this book was terrible and overly simplistic.
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- Timothy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2005
  • Publisher: Berklee College of Music