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Technology: Engineering the Future of Music

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July 30, 2013

Technology: Engineering the Future of Music

By Drew Hendricks

Music has a history that is almost equal to the history of mankind. Music has got the influence to enthrall, entice and relax the living beings. Scientific studies have revealed that almost every animal responds to the rhythms of music. 

Even plants too have shown the signs of responses towards music. Such is the power of music.Like any other stream of education or enterprise, learning music and composing it have gained a lot from the advancement of technology. Many electronic gadgets have replaced the original and traditional music instruments.

Also, a decade ago when walkman was the only big thing to listen music while on move, no one would have ever imagined of having their complete music collection in their pockets. With the invention of iPod and other gadgets, this distant dream has become a reality. Now a day, it is not a big deal at all.

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So what is in store for the future of music?

Going by the current trends, it appears that the technology and engineering would be changing the future of music for sure. Technological advancement would add lightening speed to the online music playing and downloading. Many Internet service providers (ISPs) and telecommunication companies are already in the process of deploying robust networks that could offer a download speed anywhere from 10 MB to 50 MB per second. 

Not only televisions but the car stereos as well would be going online. That means they could be hooked to the Internet for listening or downloading the music. It is estimated that in the USA alone Internet connected televisions would cross 100 million mark by 2014 itself. Though the estimation seems to be startling the efforts are being put up by the television manufacturers is in support of this estimation. In other words, more users mean more music albums to be produced. 

Many websites are planning to create huge catalogues of music-on-demand. Music can be enjoyed anywhere by converting videos on YouTube to MP3 and storing them on the mobile phones. Some of the mobile network operators are planning to add ‘music subscription’ as part of their tariff plans. In the future, music subscription would be just like cable connection subscription. 

The big leaps that we are witnessing in the mobile phone manufacturing technology, soon the world would be cremating the music player forever. There would be terabyte capacitated mobile phones which can play larger audio tracks than the present day mobiles. The ‘Cloud Computing’ would be adding the wings to every Internet based entertainment and hence the future of music too would be having the wings of cloud computing. 

The nano-technology would make it possible to have music players that would just fit in to our ears. Future devices would need less intervention from humans. Being controlled by voice commands, keyboards and mouse may become redundant. All we need to do is to just tell the device what song or artist we want and the show begins instantaneously. There would be intelligent apps that could list out any song if we just supply it with the nearest matching track/artist/album name.  

The future of music is not at all impossible to predict but all we need to do is to wait for the day to dawn.

Edited by Ryan Sartor

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