Music is one of the oldest forms of entertainment, and with the versatility of MP3s, we can now enjoy our favorite tunes in the car, in the shower, during a run, while we work and basically any time we want. Here’s a look at the MP3 industry, where it’s been and where it’s going.
MP3s take over the music world
There’s no question that MP3s have drastically transformed the music industry. Music lovers used to buy 8-tracks and vinyl records when sound quality was horrible. Along came cassette tapes and CDs, which improved the quality of at-home sound, but still didn’t quite meet the standard we’ve come to expect today — or the functionality.
Even when cassettes and CDs made our favorite tunes more portable, it wasn’t exactly a convenience. To listen to music during your morning jog, you had to cart along a clunky cassette player, not to mention you were limited to a very small number of songs. Skipping a track you weren’t quite feeling at that particular moment meant you had to spend a minute or two listening to that whining noise while you took your best guess at stopping where you hoped the track had ended.
CDs brought some relief, with the ability to digitally skip over a track. But CDs can skip and become damaged, and you were still limited to space constraints. Along came MP3s and MP3 players, offering the ability to store hundreds or thousands of tracks in a device smaller than any cassette or CD player could ever dream of being.
MP3s offer versatility
With MP3s, you aren’t limited to a single album from a single artist. Your playlist can be as varied as your tastes, and you’re no longer forced to purchase those extra songs on an album just because it’s packaged that way.
It’s tough to provide a hard figure on the number of MP3s downloaded overall, or even in a given time frame. That’s because there are so many applications and venues allowing users to purchase and download MP3s. One thing is for certain, however: Digital music sales are continuing to increase, as more consumers turn to MP3 players and make use of applications capitalizing on the versatility of MP3s as a file format.
Think about it this way: You can download an MP3 once, transfer it to a number of devices and play it back in the car, on a run, at home or pretty much wherever you can take your MP3 player. Want to play your favorite tunes for a house full of guests? No problem. Play your music files from your computer or hook your iPod up to a speaker system for the ultimate sound experience.
Even back in 2011, iTunes alone was reporting more than 16 billion MP3s had been downloaded. By 2012, that number had grown to 30 billion. That’s nearly double the total downloads within a year’s time. And that’s just iTunes. Users aren’t only limited to music files, either. Podcasts and any number of other audio files are making their way around the world thanks to the convenience and accessibility of MP3s. In addition to iTunes, audio files can be obtained through sites like Napster, Audio Lunchbox, eMusic and dozens of other platforms.
While there are always continuous advances in technology, it’s tough to predict what the next big thing in music will be. What can possibly top the accessibility, portability and convenience of an MP3?
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