The Redeye Complex

Sunday, November 15, 2009
My Decade in Music Review part 1

After hearing that NPR discussion on music trends, some thoughts have been running through my head. Like that the first half of the decade was all about the subversive aspect of the change, Napster, MP3 and file sharing. And the second half of the decade showed the result. The closing of music stores like Tower Records and Virgin. CDs pushed to the back of the remaining entertainment stores. And the iTunes store along with Amazon as main places to buy music. That and the iPod becoming the de facto MP3 player.

It really is the last few years when the decade can be defined. And just recently I read a couple things that make me think that music issues are still evolving. Paul at Music Machinery talks about making hardware purchases because of some cool software. Why does he need to upgrade his iPhone? Spotify.

And in the recent Exclaim!, read this just yesterday, some coverage from the Transmission music conference. The part that caught my eye was Sandy Pearlman's presentation: The Cloud vs. The Paradise of Infinite Storage (Or, When Infinities Collide). The PDF for this is here. The article in Exclaim! has some more coverage of the session.
He calculates that with the cost of RAM getting cheaper and cheaper, it’s possible that even today you could store every piece of music, art, and literature ever made on 50 petabytes (a petabyte is 1,000 terabytes) of storage, with a current cost of $2.5 million.
Boy I wish I could have heard this presentation. And been there to hear the following break out sessions and hallway chatter.

50 petabytes is not that much storage. If the last 10 years moved music to electronic computer networks, the next 10 will at the same time make all music available to everyone, at any time, whether or not you are on a large network.


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