From the late 1990s to mid 2000s, music piracy applications were the dominant force in online music. Today, a far more ethical alternative as swept the web. Social music applications give users on-demand streaming access to practically all of the world’s recorded music without any legal risks to the user.
In this latest tech explosion, several big players have emerged–some seemingly out of nowhere–and many are wondering how the two dominant social and music platforms, Facebook and Apple, will respond. We explore the social music landscape and the impact it’s having on the way we listen to our favorite bands.