How has digital technology affected music?

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How has digital technology affected music?
Compact discs were hugly profitable for the music industry, as people paid for music that they already owned in other formats. (cd-r image by matteo NATALE from

The development of digital technology has drastically changed most types of pop music. Digital technology has made it easier and cheaper for people to record, to perform and to listen to music.


In the '80s, synthesizers characterised pop music. Developments in digital technology meant that synthesizers were cheaper to manufacture and they became affordable for more musicians.

How has digital technology affected music?
The mass manufcature of synthesizers revolutionised the sound of dance and pop music. (synthesizer image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from


As digital technology became more widespread, music makers were able to use tools that were previously only available in analogue form, such as mixers and effects.


Improvements in home production devices and access to digital recording created a home recording revolution. People could record their music without paying to use a professional studio.

Compact Disc

The invention of the compact disc improved the quality of sound in recorded music. The recording industry benefited hugely as people replaced entire vinyl collections with compact disc.


Once only used as a tool to correct out-of-tune notes, this technology is now used creatively in many pop songs. The characteristic robotic sound is very easy to recognise.


MP3 technology has made it more convenient to own, distribute and access new music. Illegal downloads of MP3 tracks are costing the recording industry millions of dollars.

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