Can you remember what music was like before the internet? The way that people looked for CDs was completely different from the way that people do today.
Companies like Sam Goody and HMV made hundreds of millions of dollars in sales on a yearly basis since music enthusiasts had no other way to buy high quality albums back then.
Many people even joined music clubs that promised them discounted rates for CDs, as long as they agreed to buy a bunch at full price during the months that followed. Many kids jumped on deals like these, not taking the future prices they’d be paying into consideration.
Then everything changed. It all happened once people came online. The MP3 format was a digital file that made it possible to store songs on a hard drive with much less memory requirements than in the past.
There was no iTunes back then. While it was possible to buy a few albums digitally here and there, the music industry was still pushing its physical CDs harder than anything else.
People started coming up with ways to find their music for free. Whether they were downloading with Napster, Limewire, or some other third party software, you could suddenly find almost anything you wanted within seconds.
Several years later, this trend has somewhat died out due to the fact that record labels have finally partnered up with some websites to offer unlimited access to music libraries and full albums. Listeners all over the world are better off for this.
What does the future hold in store? Most people think that streaming music libraries will be the ultimate destiny for all listeners. Why bother waiting to download songs and taking up memory on your computer? Perhaps you’ve already started to do this.