This edited collection considers various meanings of the "Spotification" of music and other media. Specifically, it replies to the editor’s call to address the changes in media cultures and industries accompanying the transition to streaming media and media services. Streaming media services have become part of daily life all over the world, with Spotify, in particular, inheriting and reconfiguring characteristics of older ways of publishing, distributing, and consuming media.
The contributors look to the broader community of music, media, and cultural researchers to spell out some of the implications of the Spotification of music and popular culture. These include changes in personal media consumption and production, educational processes, and the work of media industries. Interdisciplinary scholarship on commercial digital distribution is needed more than ever to illuminate the qualitative changes to production, distribution, and consumption accompanying streaming music and television.
This book represents the latest research and theory on the conversion of mass markets for recorded music to streaming services.
Table of Contents
1. Lost in spotify: folksonomy and wayfinding functions in spotify’s interface and companion apps
2. Promises and Pitfalls: The Two-Faced Nature of Streaming and Social Media Platforms for Beirut-Based Independent Musicians
3. Beyond the black box in music streaming: the impact of recommendation systems upon artists
Marcus O’Dair and Andrew Fry
4. Revenue, access, and engagement via the in-house curated Spotify playlist in Australia
5. Metrics and Decision-Making in Music Streaming
Arnt Maasø and Anja Nylund Hagen
6. Digital music gatekeeping: a study on the impact of Spotify playlists and Youtube channels on the Brazilian music industry
Dani Gurgel, Luli Radfahrer, Alexandre Regattieri Bessa, Daniel Torres Guinezi and Daniel Cukier
7. Organizing music, organizing gender: algorithmic culture and Spotify recommendations
8. What Do We Do with These CDs? Transitional Experiences from Physical Music Media Purchases to Streaming Service Subscriptions
Patrick Burkart is Editor in Chief of Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture (with Christian Christiansen). He is Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University, and author of Why Hackers Win: Power and Disruption in the Network Society (University of California Press, 2019, with Tom McCourt), Pirate Politics: The New Information Policy Contests (MIT Press, 2014), Music and Cyberliberties (Wesleyan University Press, 2010), and Digital Music Wars: Ownership and Control of the Celestial Jukebox (Rowman & Littlefield, 2006, with Tom McCourt).