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Music Evolution: 30 Years in One GIF

25 August 2014 489 views One Comment

To love music is to hate music. To whit, enjoy this simple yet devastatingly clear animated (hard

To love music is to hate music and you don’t really know music until you have lived it. Barring that, enjoy this simple yet devastatingly clear animated (hard “G”) GIF of music evolution.

Back in 1983, music sales were divided pretty evenly between cassette tapes — long live the 90 minute mix tape! — and LP records. Nearly 20 years later and the music evolution left the labels almost exactly where they wanted to be except for one thing — they had lost control to the Internet, Steve Jobs, iTunes, file sharing, etc, etc.

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Then watch the labels’ control slip rapidly away as music evolution led to the rather happy, for consumers, state of affairs we have today — an easy dozen distribution methods that are cheap and ubiquitous.

And, who are these people still buying CDs?!? Got one as a gift some 10 years ago and remember thinking, “What the eff do I with this?” Of course, I immediately ripped it into iTunes and the disk itself was then quickly lost to time — perhaps given away, perhaps buried in a box somewhere.

It has been a wild, wild ride, but busic evolution isn’t done yet — viva la musica! Viva la revolucion!

What’s your take?

Source: StereoGUM, Via Vox

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One Comment »

  • Greg said:

    This gif would be easier to view if the pie chart stayed the same size in the same place.

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