Music in the Cloud and the Digital Sublime
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The paper reviews the "celestial jukebox" model of digital music distribution in light of its recent transformation into "cloud"-based music services. Elaborating on a prior history of the celestial jukebox business model, the paper identifies continuities with services built around music portals, updates the legal and business strategies of the most popular cloud-based services, compares core functionalities of cloud-based services, and discusses the cultural significance of an international youth movement opposed to the celestial jukebox under various national "pirate parties." It speculates that the pirate parties envision counter-reforms to global information policy that are culturally environmentalist in their worldview. © 2014 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.
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