Introduction to the discussion by Loïc Riom
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.
The Guest Seminar Series is organized collectively by the CSI PhD students. It is open upon registration.
Date: Tuesday February 12, 2019, 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Venue: Mines ParisTech, 60 bd St Michel, 75006 Paris – Room St Jacques