Exploring the Record Industry

By nikguptanikgupta (1261336344|%a, %b %e at %I:%M%p)

I thought I would make an entry on my exploration of a term project topic. Hopefully, I can apply some of the search tools & techniques we learned this week to my investigation. After talking with Prof. Moore, I decided to scrap all sports-related ideas. That's fine; it's not the only thing I'm interested in. I'm also obsessed with music (more, I think, than the average person). I'd also like to know some more about the recording industry.

Note: for your reference, I'm going to use [ ] to signify a search query; that way, when I use quotes, it will signify that I actually used quotes in the query.

I wanted to start by finding other names for "recording industry." I've noticed that, a lot of the time, my web searches go unsuccessful because there might be a better phrase or word for the thing that I'm looking for. Or, there might be a phrase that's just as common as the one I use, but I miss all the results for it because I am simply unaware. So I'm going to look at some "related search" tools at google and yahoo.

Google search for [recording industry]

Google's "related searches" feature, for the most part, gave me a bunch of options that took my search of [recording industry] and added another relevant word after it. Some useful ones that I will definitely explore later in my project:

  • recording industry revenues
  • recording industry magazines (in order to keep tabs on the industry!)
  • recording industry news (obviously).
  • recording industry in trouble (controversy!)

Yahoo search for [recording industry]

Yahoo gave me similar related terms (adding before, after, or in between [recording industry]. One useful idea: [music industry statistics].
It also gave me something that Google did not: an "explore related concepts" option that gave some other useful.. well, related concepts:

  • record labels
  • music business
  • record companies
  • independent labels

Next, I wanted to explore one of the two main parts of the project: resources for obtaining background information.
I searched [record industry history] and the first result from google, titled "History of the Recording Industry," turned out to be not only quite informative, but also quite easy to read, thanks to the site's layout. It was a great place to start.
There are some more sources at this query that I found useful, but won't go into detail about, because this blog should be more about the process than the information itself.

Directory search is something that I had never heard of before this week, but is an idea that appeals to me. It seems like it's more structured and even more credible, if you use the right one. I decided to give Yahoo! Directory a try. The most important result I got from searching ["recording industry" OR "music business" background] was a link to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) homepage. This is probably the most important organization to my topic; it controls so much related to the industry. The very convenient news feed on the front of their website and gave me something very useful for the next aspect of the project: a resource that will help me track the topic.

I decided to go with a blog search for "topic-tracking," since I think the music business is one that everyone has access to. Plus, I rarely do blog searches (even though it seems perfect for a lot of my everyday queries) so I wanted to check that out. The Google blog search for ["music industry"] had, in its related blogs section, a very useful blog called "The Music Industry Report." It seems perfect for my uses - with multiple news feeds and articles pertaining to the business. There are 3 more very relevant "related blogs" from this search that I will definitely use this semester to keep tabs.

That's all for now; these searches are pretty encouraging, as I've already found some really useful sources for this project.

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