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Author Eriksson, Maria, 1988- author.

Title Spotify teardown : inside the black box of streaming music / Maria Eriksson, Rasmus Fleischer, Anna Johansson, Pelle Snickars, and Patrick Vonderau.

Publication Info. Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, [2019]


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  780.2854 ERI    DUE 12-03-19
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1 copy ordered for GDL Brand Library Non-Fiction on 11-18-2019.
Description ix, 276 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-271) and index.
Contents Introduction -- Intervention: The Swedish unicorn -- 1. Where is Spotify? -- Intervention: Record label setup -- 2. When do files become music? -- Intervention: How we track streams -- 3. How does Spotify package music? -- Intervention: Too much data -- 4. What is the value of free? -- Intervention: Introducing Songblocker -- Conclusion -- Intervention: Work at Spotify!
Summary "Spotify provides a streaming service that has been welcomed as disrupting the world of music. Yet its success raises questions about the ways in which such cultural content as songs, books and films is made available online. Borrowing the notion of 'teardown' from reverse-engineering processes, this book playfully disassembled Spotify's product and our understanding of it. Spotify Teardown combines interviews, participant observations, and other analyses of Spotify's front end with experimental, covert investigations of its back end. The authors engaged in a series of interventions--which include establishing a record label for research purposes--only to receive a stern letter from Spotify accusing them of violating its terms of use. Thus, the book itself becomes an intervention into the ethics and legal frameworks of corporate behavior. -- Back cover.
Subject Spotify.
Music and the Internet.
Sound recording industry.
Added Author Fleischer, Rasmus, 1978- author.
Johansson, Anna, 1980- author.
Snickars, Pelle, author.
Vonderau, Patrick, author.
ISBN 9780262038904 (paperback)
0262038900 (paperback)

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