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This is the first textbook on Pop Music to be written after the start of the iPod era. The book is organized in accessible sections which cover the main themes of research and teaching. It examines the key approaches to understanding popular music, the main settings of exchange and consumption, the role of technology in the production of popular music, the main genres of popular music, and the key debates of the present day.Barbazon writes with verve and penetration. Her approach starts with how most people actually consume music today and transfers this onto the plain of study. The organization of the material enables teachers and students to shuffle from one topic to the next. Yet the book provides an unparalleled network to the core library of concepts and issues in the field. As such, it is the perfect study guide for undergraduates located in this exciting and expanding field.

MP3 and Downloading Spaces
MP3 and downloading spaces

Recording technologies have shaped and structured the music industry. Expensive recording equipment, matched by complex production and distribution mechanisms for music, ensured that large corporations and a few entrepreneurial independents dominated the music industry. Only when high quality reproductions could be created and mixed in domestic and small commercial environments did the power and reach of record companies decline. This was accelerated by readily available and intuitive hardware and software and the capacity to distribute (and sell) tracks online through social networking sites. Record companies had previously maintained control not only of recording spaces but also the pathways of distribution. Now that songs can be recorded and mixed in the home and distributed as compression files via the ...

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