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Technology: It Really Hasn’t Changed Our Taste In Music…

The past decade has witnessed the most insane upheavals in music technology. Everything changed, but how much has musical taste itself changed during that period? According to data we’ve looked at, the answer is not that much, even though the ways we access, discover, and share our music have been completely revolutionized.

Of course, some things have changed taste-wise. Over the past few years, electronic music has found its way into the mainstream, being infused in pop music of all kinds. And the festival experience is changing the way fans interact with bands and live music. People have gained unprecedented access to tools of creation, yet research finds that pop music has become more uniform and formulaic.

But these are shifts here and there, not fundamental changes. And after breaking down the sales figures of various genres tracked by Nielsen Soundscan, the result seems to be that the types of music we love has been pretty steady.

Below is a graph of each genre’s share of the total album sales for that year. A few notes: oftentimes, an album gets categorized under multiple genres. Electronic was introduced as a genre in 2010, and has been growing steadily since. And for whatever reason, Nielsen suddenly reintroduced Rock as a category in 2006 (we’re hoping on a response for why).

Digital Music News Genre Shifts

There are a number of possible reasons for this consistency. This could indicate a widespread stagnation in musical taste, or it could simply mean that the same types of listeners are paying for music today as ten years ago, thus hiding trends that aren’t reflected in the data. Another takeaway is that technological and musical upheavals are largely separate animals. Things like rock n’ roll, Nirvana, and rap do happen, but on their own cultural clocks.

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Source: Digital Music News

Headliner CEO Mike More Weighs in On Digital Music Sales Milestone on CNNMoney.

It’s been over a decade since Napster first turned the music industry upside down. CNN recently published an article on the digital sales topping physical sales for the first time since the format shook things up.

As Laurie Segall writes on CNNMoney, “According to a Nielsen and Billboard report, digital music purchases accounted for 50.3% of music sales in 2011. Digital sales were up 8.4% from the previous year, while physical album sales declined 5%.”

The article also includes some insight from Headliner CEO Mike More. Check his quote below and click over to the article for the rest of the story.

Digital music sales top physical sales

Mike More, CEO of Headliner.fm, says the future may not be digital sales. More cites Spotify’s model as the music consumption of the future, where he says more consumers will pay for access to music streaming services rather than purchasing songs.

“I think you have a whole generation who doesn’t care if they own anything,” he says. “Accessibility has become paramount. This is what consumers want — they want it everywhere and on all their devices.”