Having One Big Database Could Be Beneficial for the Music Industry

by Hoyoung C
In this article, the author talks about how it could make things much easier if there was one big database for the music industry. Currently there are several databases for music, and it is causing a lot of trouble. The author mentions how the copy right issue is so complicated because there are several databases. He says that if there were to be one big database, it could make things much more efficient and it could make the distribution of music cheaper for the buyers and have it more rewarding for the artists. He said that there would be a hundred percent accuracy and it would get rid of all the headaches the music services are getting because of it.


I feel that this article is related to the class because it is a good example of a usage of database. From having an organized database and put into good use, it could make things more efficient and cost-effective. The article also mentions how much more accurate data could be generated from monitoring the services if the small databases were combined into one big database. It says that it will also make the royalty payments make more sense for the artists, since it would have a much more accurate calculation from one big database.


Buskirk, Eliot Van. “One Big Database Could Save the Music Business with Billions of Tiny Rivulets” Wired. Sat. 19 May. 2012. <http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2012/01/database-save-music-business/>.

3 thoughts on “Having One Big Database Could Be Beneficial for the Music Industry

  • May 20, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    I agree with having a one big database instead of having several small databases, and how that will make everything much easier. Unfortunately, it is not realistic, because there are many agencies and record labels with different clients. If there was only one company that manages everything then having one central database with all the artists would make sense.

  • May 21, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Going along David Aslanyan’s comment, don’t you think that the provider for this single humungous database would be a monopoly? And to hackers, this single target would lead to such a massive reward if things went their way. From a security standpoint I wouldn’t think a single database would be best, but I also see your standpoint of being more efficient and cost saving.

  • May 21, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I agree with DavidLi. With only one music database, this company would have complete control over not only us as the consumer, but also the artists. They could control the prices we pay for music and the amount of money the artist gets paid for the music because we would have no other choices. This is the most ridiculous and unrealistic idea I have heard for a while. The music industry is already dominated by apple’s iTunes. This as well as illegal downloads has reduced the music industry to its rock bottom. The music industry needs more separation of powers!!!!!

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