Changing Listening Habits in Norway: The Album Format, Vinyl Revival and Transformations in the Music Industry
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- Institutt for musikk 
This thesis is about the album format, listening habits and the vinyl. In order to properly discuss these themes I have had to include some recent history, as it is in the past 50 years that we have seen major changes in both how we consume, purchase and access music. Be it the introduction of technologies like the Sony Walkman, which made it possible to take your music on the move, or the CD and eventually the MP3: technology that brought music into cyberspace. All this eventually led to discussions about intellectual property and copyright infringement. Anja Hagen has written on listening habits in Norway, and found that many favoured the playlist to other, perhaps more traditional formats like the album. Similarly Anahid Kassabian also writes on listening habits, and a mode of listening she calls ‘ubiquitous listening’, where we pay less attention to what we are listening to than before. Where Hagen has used a qualitative approach to uncover listening habits, I have used a quantitative questionnaire in order to elicit a greater number of responses. My thesis stands out as it is discusses both listening habits, but also how these have changed alongside the technological innovations. As I also discuss how these have changes has impacted the recording industry, I have sought to provide a wide frame that includes many different aspects of music today. Finally I address the recent popularity of the vinyl record, and include an autoethnographical account about the production of vinyl, as I have released a vinyl with my band.