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In what could be one of the most provocative music books published this year, two innovators in music technology take a fascinating look at the impact of the digital revolution on the music business and predict "a future in which music will be like water: ubiquitous and free-flowing." Kusek and Leonhard foresee the disappearance of CDs and record stores as we know them in the next decade; consumers will have access to more products than ever, though, through a vast range of digital radio channels, person-to-person Internet file sharing and a host of subscription services. The authors are especially good at describing how the way current record companies operate - as both owners and distributors of music, with artists making less than executives - will also drastically change: individual CD sales, for example, will be replaced by "a very potent 'liquid' pricing system that incorporates subscriptions, bundles of various media types, multi-access deals, and added-value services." While the authors often shift from analysts into cheerleaders for the über-wired future they predict - "Let's replace inefficient content-protection schemes with effective means of sharing-control and superdistribution!" - their clearly written and groundbreaking book is the first major statement of what may be "the new digital reality" of the music business in the future. (Feb.)
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This guy is ahead of the curve on every aspect of the music industry and music education...from the development of MIDI for music notation, to starting online education at Berklee... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Melissa Slawsky
The Future of Music is a book full of interesting ideas and well-thought out scenarios about how the music industry is changing, but because of the way it is all presented, it is... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Logan reed
I didn't find that there was much value in this book. It felt like more of a rant by an opinionated author about a period of time within this great transition in the industry that... Read morePublished 10 months ago by person1
Gives valuable insight into the music business and way how the industry operates.
However it's thoughts on file sharing are and bit dated. Read more
I would recommend anyone involved or starting out in the art of music to read 'The Future of Music" by David Kusek. Read morePublished 17 months ago by dmt
Because the authors spend so much time elaborating on how music should be free, I'm very happy to see this book being pirated on P2P networks.
I guess back in 2007 it was worthy book to read, at least to wake up and jump on the train of digital music. Read morePublished on February 6, 2012 by Public Different