Theorizing Music Streaming: Preliminary Investigations

Kenneth Barr

Abstract


The recording industry is in transition: from an industry of tangible music products towards an industry of intangible music services. Focusing on the music streaming service Spotify andits impact on the UK popular music market, this article scrutinizes key theoretical aspects of this shift from product to service. The article falls into three parts. The first probes existing literature, identifying three concepts valuable in constructing a theoretical framework for interrogating music streaming: ‘Basket of Rights’, ‘Disruptive Innovation’ and ‘Celestial Jukebox’. The second part theorizes how these concepts may be applied to Spotify. Building on this, the conclusion identifies aspects of music streaming ripe for research.this, the conclusion identifies aspects of music streaming ripe for research.

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ISSN 1755-4934