As the 20th century came to a close, it was clear that the music world was changing. People were listening to music in different ways than before. That change has continued into modern times with the advent of modern digital technology, such as smartphones and streaming services. Here’s a look at how the music industry is changing.


There is now greater access than ever to music, and as technology has advanced, so has the capacity to produce it. Music can now be made in any format or style imaginable. Therefore, anyone with an idea for a song can make their version.

Modern Trends

The music industry has changed dramatically in the last few decades, with streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music playing a pivotal role. In addition to this growth, physical media (CDs and cassettes) are on their way out as consumers continue to prefer digital downloads over physical copies.

Styles of Music

Classical music was a strange thing to find in America in the early years. Today there are many types of styles within this category, and several others have popped up since. Each class has its characteristics; for example, some instruments aren’t used in most forms of popular music, while others have changed over time.

Music and the Internet

The internet makes it easier to find music, buy it and listen to it wherever you are. In addition, the personalization of streaming services such as Spotify and Apple Music means more choices for what you want to listen to. You can also download or stream digital releases from your favourite artists or labels directly through iTunes or Google Play Music as soon as they are released.


The internet has been a considerable change for the music industry, and it will only get bigger. Today, social media allows musicians unable to tour to connect with fans on a more personal level than ever before.

With technology, the future of music looks bright!