- Paul A. Aitken
The inter-connection of personal and institutional computers and computer networks known as “the Internet” forms the backbone of much contemporary digital communications. The World Wide Web (WWW)—the linked collection of various digital texts, images, audio, and video, accessible via a web browser—has become a primary means for the promotion, production, distribution, consumption of music. The WWW is also an important forum for discourse about music. Since the rise of Internet Communication Technologies (ICTs) novel practices have emerged, such as widespread sharing of amateur and user-created music-related content (and corollary attempts by incumbent and existing media companies to generate profit from such activity). Additionally, musical practices that predate the Internet have been magnified and intensified, such as sharing music without regard for profit, word-of-mouth promotion, and the commodification of ancillary merchandise....