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This thought-provoking post on NME’s blog raises the pertinent question of (the original) Napster’s impact on the music industry. After all, it’s ten years this year that Shawn Fanning’s service dropped a bombshell on the business. Today, as the post points out, “being in a middle-level indie band with a record deal used to pay the bills. Now it doesn’t; ” before concluding “Is it going too far to predict that in ten years time we’ll be hailing Spotify, and Napster will be a footnote?”

What do you think, dear readers?!


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James Martin

James Martin is Head of Social Media for Midem organisers Reed MIDEM. This includes defining and rolling out Midem's social media strategy, editing midemblog, influencer outreach, developing Midem's fanbase of 75,000+ music professionals and more.

1 Comment

  1. Napster did drop a bombshell, but, technology has been the liberating force that has changed the music business forever. Labels are where they are because they never realized this and adapted to the new technologies.
    Music is an art and as such, should never be controlled by a small group of fat cats.

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