Audio Disruption

by David Allan


Book to be edited by David Allan; Abstract deadline 1 Jul 2019



A book to be published (possibly Lexington Books).

Submission Deadline (Abstracts only) July 1, 2019

Editor: David Allan, Ph.D, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA, United States.

Objective of the book: This edited research book focuses on audio disruption from a wide spectrum. While some industries have been more disruptive than others, none have probably been more transformational than music streaming (Spotify, Pandora, etc.). While the disruption of the music industry itself due to streaming has been well documented, the disruption of the industries that rely on popular music namely radio, advertising and retail have not. For radio (iHeartMedia, Beasley, Entercom, etc.), this includes the additional audio competition and ever expanding availability and transportability. For advertising, this includes integration in the “free” streaming options similar to the traditional commercial (American) radio model and omission from “paid” versions. For retail, this includes the delivery and curation of what is played for customers and employees with a new option of streaming audio or traditional radio. Even the way music is received has been disrupted as we now ask a smart speaker (Amazon, Google, etc.) to play our favorite song or playlist. The volume has also been turned up on talk with podcasting (Apple, Spotify, Pandora, etc.) with similar ad-supported, premium and in some cases donation options. I am seeking contributions both practical and theoretical that study audio (music and talk) in this age of disruption.

Contributions may address but are not limited to the following topics:

-What has been the effects of the technological, financial, and experiential disruption including curation (playlists) caused by music streaming? This includes fandom.

-How has broadcast radio been disrupted by the alternative sources of music namely streaming and satellite?

-How has artificial intelligence namely smart speakers disrupted audio and how might virtual reality do the same?

-What part has podcasting played in the audio disruption of talk?

-Is the consolidation of media (SiriusXM, Pandora, and broadcast radio?) the future of audio distribution and is that a positive or negative prospect?

-How has advertising been disrupted both in execution and in branding especially sonic logos (Mastercard, Pandora, etc.)?

-How has retail (music played, bricks and mortar as well as online) been disrupted by the new music sources?

Submissions procedure: Academics, researchers and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts until July 1, 2019. Please submit to David Allan (dallan@sju.edu).