How has YouTube changed the Music Industry?
YouTube-the prosperous business path for your films, videos, projects! Since when? Well, since February 2005, when it was founded. Easy to access, easy to use, just upload your videos, no matter who you are, where you are, no matter how known or unknown you are. In such a challenging (to say the least) global economy, who wouldn't want to spare a few dollars? So, instead of spending money on a CD, now you can actually see whichever artist, whichever song, whichever video, all by a simple click. With this channel around, there is no wonder that CD sales dropped over the past 5 years in an acute and -why not- irrecoverable way. And if you are an emerging artist, here's your chance: everyone can post their own music and make themselves known. Hundreds of millions of people can view your video, can rate it, can comment on it.
You can be made famous simply with the help of your friends. Get a feedback, see what the "public", what the viewers think about your video (anyone is free to post a comment as long as you have a username registered) and-why not?- alter the content, "adjust" the song accordingly. Everyone has a chance of being noticed here. There are things you need to pay attention to, however. For instance: copyright. Make sure you own the copyrights to your songs, or else, anyone can use the lyrics, can actually steal them and claim your work as their own.
The variety of videos that you can get access to via YouTube is just incredible: you just type in your search (name of the artist, name of the video, or lyrics from the text), press enter and suddenly there's a whole list of matching videos for you to choose. You just have to choose the one you want to watch- again, just a strike of a key. No special computer skills needed, no tech-abilities needed, just decide what you feel like listening (viewing) and type it in.
So, how has YouTube changed the music industry? Well, a lot: it has made the music more accessible to the public, it has made the artist (emerging or famous) more accessible to the public and, for those artists interested in personal feedback, there are surely countless comments or ratings on videos. From the public's point of view, YouTube definitely improved the music industry, and for the future, it is certainly expected to keep that up!