- Preface to Volume 1
- Anytime, Anywhere? An Introduction to the Devices, Markets, and Theories of Mobile Music
- How the MP3 Became Ubiquitous
- Is a Download a Performance?
- Divisible Mobility: Music in an Age of Cloud Computing
- iPod Use, Mediation, and Privatization in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
- Changing Cultural Coordinates: The Transistor Radio and Space, Time, and Identity
- Labor, Machines, IVR-Enabled Automated Call Centers, and the Design of an Audible Workplace
- Mobile Semiotics
- Calling My Name: Sound, Orality, and the Cell Phone Contact List
- What Is That Noise? An Analysis of Sound Quality and Music in Mobile Devices
- Aural Armor: Charting the Militarization of the iPod in Operation Iraqi Freedom
- Cochlear Implants after Fifty Years: A History and an Interview with Charles Graser
- Music Ethnography and Recording Technology in the Unbound Digital Era
- Forever and Ever: Mobile Music in the Life of Young Teens
- Earbuds Are Good for Sharing: Children’s Headphones as Social Media at a Vermont School
- Can You Hear Us Now? Ringtones and Politics in the Contemporary Philippines
- Stereos in the City: Moving Through Music in South India
- Urban Echoes: The Boombox and Sonic Mobility in the 1980s
- Mexican Mobile Music: Una Convergencia con Sabor
- Music Piracy, Commodities, and Value: Digital Media in the Indian Marketplace
- A Tale of Two Countries: Online Radio in the United States and Japan
- Mobile Tactics in the Brazilian Independent Music Industry
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter examines the circulation of music recordings in Indian marketplaces. It discusses the ostensibly illegitimate mobility of music and offers a critical examination of the official discourses on piracy from the trade group responsible for restricting the absolute mobility of music recordings. Based upon an anthropological perspective of material culture and social reproduction, it describes three modes of pirate circulation and provides ethnographic examples that illustrate the overlap between formal and informal economies in the marketplace.
Jayson Beaster-Jones is Assistant Professor of performance studies at Texas A&M University.
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