Spotify Teardown (häftad)
Häftad (Paperback / softback)
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MIT Press
37 illus
37 b&w photos; 74 Illustrations, unspecified
228 x 152 x 12 mm
453 g
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Spotify Teardown (häftad)

Spotify Teardown

Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music

Häftad Engelska, 2019-02-19
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An innovative investigation of the inner workings of Spotify that traces the transformation of audio files into streamed experience. Spotify provides a streaming service that has been welcomed as disrupting the world of music. Yet such disruption always comes at a price. Spotify Teardown contests the tired claim that digital culture thrives on disruption. Borrowing the notion of "teardown" from reverse-engineering processes, in this book a team of five researchers have playfully disassembled Spotify's product and the way it is commonly understood. Spotify has been hailed as the solution to illicit downloading, but it began as a partly illicit enterprise that grew out of the Swedish file-sharing community. Spotify was originally praised as an innovative digital platform but increasingly resembles a media company in need of regulation, raising questions about the ways in which such cultural content as songs, books, and films are now typically made available online. 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, intercepting network traffic with packet sniffers, and web-scraping corporate materials. The authors' innovative digital methods earned them a stern letter from Spotify accusing them of violating its terms of use; the company later threatened their research funding. Thus, the book itself became an intervention into the ethics and legal frameworks of corporate behavior.
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Full of canny insights about media disruption and algorithm culture as well as odd tidbits that will delight music history fans...the book is as much a chronicle of Spotify the company as it is an open-ended question about the future of music. -Rolling Stone This incredible investigation will open your eyes to an entire universe of data sharing and online marketing occurring at octaves too low for human consciousness to detect. -Big Think A work that is, by turns, both surprising and banal, provocative and benign, empowering and frustrating. -THE QUIETUS

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Maria Eriksson is a social anthropologist and a PhD candidate in the Department of Culture and Media Studies at Umea University. Rasmus Fleischer is a postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Economic History at Stockholm University. Anna Johansson is an Associate Senior Lecturer in Ethnology at HUMlab at Umea University. Pelle Snickars is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at Umea University. Patrick Vonderau is Professor of Media Studies at Stockholm University.