Ever Stop to Consider the Impact of the Smartphone on Music?

Sometimes you don’t realize how quickly things have changed until you pause and look back. In 2008, I addressed a crowd at an AdWeek in New York about the rise of the smartphone and its potential impact on music. I thought I was being pretty clever and prescient, but as it turns out, I underestimated plenty.

The smartphone has changed music in many more ways than anyone thought possible. The Telegraph has this great story this subject.

Ever since Thomas Edison played back the very first strains of recorded sound on the mechanical phonograph cylinder in 1877, mankind has been working to make finding and enjoying music more and more convenient.

But not until the smartphone came along did we really start nailing it, when it came to finding and enjoying music with ease.

In less than 20 years, our phones have…

  • Replaced record shopping
  • Made us all music geniuses
  • Stopped us from getting lost at festivals
  • Simplified gig-going

And more. Keep reading.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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