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The Future of Music: Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution (Berklee Press) - Dave Kusek The Future of Music : Manifesto for the Digital Music Revolution begins with a plausible scenario; everyday life filled with music as if it were, as the authors (David Kusek and Gerd Leonhard) describe it, "like water: ubiquitous and free-flowing". Like utilities, music will be available more readily to the public without the presence of physical formats like CDs and music stores. Instead, it will be accessible online and through services like digital radio and file-sharing. While most of this seems obvious, the idea of record companies completely disappearing as well as standing music stores might seem high-concept to those over eighteen, although we see examples of it everyday (the rise of, the closing of stores everywhere, and YouTube and MySpace allowing artists to showcase talents without the helpful hand of an agent and record executive). The book explains how the current music system works and how it has been and is being undermined by the internet, and how users will be able to discover new music through services that will cater to a user's taste, sort of like a musical version of TiVo.