The traditional record company's main income has for over a hundred years been selling as many copies as possible. The move from this traditional model to a completely new model is now happening, a model in which the music company's main revenue comes from the number of plays on digital services rather than the number of sold copies.  Traditionally the business model have been relatively straightforward, the more copies sold, the more revenue. This model was initally also transferred to the digital reality through services such as iTunes Store, CDON and mobile ...Read More

During 8 years I lived in Hultsfred, closely engaged in the different parts of the Hultsfred festival. Since 2005 I have been doing my PhD research on how the music industry is changing as a result of new copying and distribution technologies, and I am doing my research from a socio-technological point of view with computer science being the subject field. The goal is to defend my thesis and get my degree in 2009. During these years, both in Hultsfred and now in Stockholm, I have interviewed and discussed issues around digital ...Read More

So, finally the results of my work with STIM (Swedish Performing Rights Society) is out in the open. During the latest months I have done a lot of work trying to create a deeper understanding and broader picture of the file sharing universe, the technology, the behaviors among file sharers, the scope of downloaded files in Sweden etc. As I am a file sharer myself I believe I have had a lot of use of my former experiences of the networks, all the way back to DCC commands at IRC... Here ...Read More

The music business has always been a business based on gut feeling, on individuals with specific competences and the right "feeling" for what is going to be popular or not. The different parts of the industry has used existing data and statistics like number of airplays on traditional radio, record sales figures and ticket sales to get an understanding of how popular a specific artist is and make decisions based on those numbers. But, music usage is changing rapidly. New generations of music fans are not buying any records, are not listening ...Read More

I copied around 250 albums from a friend of mine some weeks ago. I just hooked up his USB-harddrive and copied the data to my laptop. During the latest months I have been thinking a lot about how increased storage capacity will change the landscape for private copying in the coming years. Everyone knows about Moores Law, but have you heard of Kryders Law? Scientific American interviewed Mark Kryder in 2005, an important person in the development of harddrive technology. He said: "Who would have predicted the success of hand-held digital ...Read More