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Should Music Be More Freely Available Online?

A debate which has raged online since the early 2000s is whether or not music should be available online. There has been a marked rise in the number of free music websites as well as streaming services over the years which have led to huge changes overall within the music industry as a whole.

Changes In How We Listen To Music

One of the main reasons why the debate around free music is raging is because of the way many of us listen to music. Traditionally , radio has always been free to listen. In the 20th century the radio was a source of music for people across the world and allowed people to listen to and access music almost anywhere.

Access to digital media has completely changed media consumption and the way that many people now choose to listen to music. One of the main drivers behind these changes has been the development of the mobile phones. Mobile phones now enable billions of people across the world to access music media within a click of a button. Often songs can be bought on online stores or alternatively through apps such as Itunes.

There has also been a rise in the number of people across the world choosing to access music through video sharing sites such as YouTube. Here music can be watched for free providing that advertisements are also watched. This ensures that some revenue is still made by the artist as well as record label.

Why Are People Pressing For Change?

There are a number of reasons as to why people are pressing for change overall within the music industry. One of the main reasons why people are pressing for change is cost of music. Many people simply cannot afford to buy music cd’s or albums and therefore need a more sustainable and low cost way of consuming music on-demand.

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Storage Glasgow Saved Our Orchestra

This guest post was written by Peter Alexander, the curator and conductor of the Royal Glasgow Orchestra.  It tells the story of what happened when flooding affected large parts of the city where the orchestra is based.  This flooding caused severe damage to the building in which the practice and store their instruments, including large pieces of kit like drums, tubas, large stringed instruments and even their much adorned grand piano.  In order to save all of these precious bits of kit, some quick thinking was needed, and luckily a solution was found in the form of storage Glasgow in the city itself.  This is their story.

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How Storage Glasgow Saved the Day

So there we all are, myself and a few key members of the orchestra, standing in a inch deep puddle of water the stretched all across the floor of the concert hall.  Torrential winter rain had ruptured the roof and guttering system, and what looked like a full night of rain had made its way into the building and now lay resting on the floor. The day was already off to a great start.  We set about moving everything up and onto the stage, and towelled everything off so that it wasn’t dripping wet.  The biggest cause for concern was the grand piano, just purchased last year, and of considerable value.  It was on casters so the piano itself was out the water, but it was still deeply worrying.  It became clear that we would have to get all the instruments out of here, fast.  So we started looking at what options there were for storage Glasgow had to offer.

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Straight To It

Surprisingly we found a storage facility near by with large enough storage to cater to our needs.  We were able to take out a very flexible storage arrangement, since we weren’t sure when the concert hall would be back in business.  Once this was sorted it was time to call our moving specialists that we have moved in the past.  Moving a grand piano is not an easy task, and should not be approached lightly.  We use a old school company that know exactly what they are doing, and watching them move any large object is like watching ballet. 

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Arriving at the Storage Place

Even although we had the expert help of the moving company, a few of us still went along to help out where we could, and to generally oversee the moving process.  We didn’t want any of our precious instruments being damaged or stored incorrectly.  The people at the storage centre were also very helpful, and they were able to provide us with a solution that meant we only paid weekly for our storage needs.  We weren’t sure exactly how long we would need to keep everything there, or if we would be moving it any time soon.  The great thing about it was the fact that we have 24 hour access to everything as and when we need it.  The storage centre was also clean and tidy, so we knew our things were safe.

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