The music industry has changed drastically over the years. Today’s business is dominated by social media networks and online charts. It is crazy to think that just forty years ago, people were buying singles on vinyl.

Vinyl gave way to cassette tapes and they in turn gave way to compact discs. But after a decent run of about ten years, even compact discs are on the way out. The era of digital music ushered in a whole new way of doing things, with music lovers utilising online downloading platforms to buy their music, rather than physically entering a shop and buying a product.

But while this made things a lot easier in terms of adding to collections, it has also given rise to piracy. Technology is what it is and the plethora of apps and programmes that can ‘rip’ music from videos found online has diluted the quality of sound of online music. On these pages, a look is taken at the changing face of music in terms of how it is recorded, where it is recorded, how it is sold to the target audience and of course the issue of playing live music.

A lot of music these days is synthesised and has as little to do with song and musicwriting. It is masterminded in an office, then a songwriter is found and finally, a singer is found, but not before everything is completely changed in the recording studios.

There are, of course, still a fair few bands which start out in a garage and finally make it big, but it is getting harder and harder for them to break into the big time as the large corporations largely dictate what makes it and what doesn’t.