Future of Music
Recently on Digg Dialogg they interviewed Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. The questions were voted on by the community and a few of them revolved around the future of music. Nine Inch Nails has gotten some press about their use of Creative Commons on recent releases, selling limited edition, deluxe and various digital formats. Notable was their release of the instrumental work Ghosts I-IV under a CC license while still ending 2008 as the top selling album on Amazon.com.
Questions from the interview include advertising, tips for bands getting started and opinions on the future of the industry. You can watch the interview in full online
For those interested in the topic of music and the changing industry we have:
The future of music - Covering a little history and a lot of the future of the music industry, this book gives a glimpse at what might be available in a few years. CDs and traditional music stores will be replaced by various digital distribution channels, an increase in consumer choice and avenues of discovery.
For a more general overview and debate we also have:
Off the record : the technology and culture of sound recording in America - If you're interested in a bit more history of sound recording then this is the book for you. From Thomas Edison to high fidelity to the home recording movement, the history, successes and failures are covered.
The anarchist in the library : how the clash between freedom and control is hacking the real world and crashing the system - How the digital age is evolving and affecting our culture is the focus of this book. While touching on music and P2P, this one is much more broad and philosophical in scope.
Free culture : how big media uses technology and the law to lock down culture and control creativity - The title says it all and the book is of course also available online in multiple formats licensed under a Creative Commons license.
The pirate's dilemma : how youth culture is reinventing capitalism - From punk to hip hop, the reuse and remix culture and how it is shaping our economy.
Related to all this is the idea of making money by giving things away. Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail is currently working on a book about this and you can read many of his ideas on the subject on his blog. He gave a talk about this idea at the O'Reilly Media Tools of Change Conference and you can listen to it below: