An analysis of the recorded music industry field in Brazil

Leonardo V.C. Darbilly, Marcelo M.F. Vieira


The recorded music industry is undergoing significant changes as a result of a technological evolution. The impact of these changes is not limited to the production, distribution and consumption of the products, but extends also to the actual structure of organisations. The objective of this study is to understand, in light of Bourdieu's perspective, the changes which occurred in the relationship between the actors who belong to the Brazilian recorded music industry, after the rise of MP3 technology and virtual piracy. A bibliographic study and field research were conducted, analysing data in a descriptive-interpretive way, based on the theoretical reference used here. The results obtained in this study allow us to confirm that the main critical incidents that have occurred in this area over time have been of a technological nature, although the financial capital is still the most disputed by the organisations that are responsible for the production and distribution of music. It also became clear that MP3 technology and virtual piracy made it possible for various new actors to come onto the scene and allow for a redistribution of the power resources available to compete in this field.


Recorded music industry, technology, power

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