Music in the Cloud and the Digital Sublime Academic Article uri icon


  • 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.

published proceedings

  • Popular Music & Society

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Burkart, P.

citation count

  • 20

complete list of authors

  • Burkart, Patrick

publication date

  • August 2014