Video may have killed the radio star, but the proliferation of technology has made it easier than ever for any musical artist to get seen—or heard, for that matter.
Then there is
To record, edit and mix certain tracks,
"I've never tried to sell my music," he says. "[I] do it purely as a hobby."
These words, of course, are music to the ears of consumer electronics makers that have recently rolled out music-related devices.
Known as the X-Boom, this sound-mixing device creates beats with backspin, or scratches and voice sampling, and includes a couple of powerful speakers. It was designed for both established musicians such as DJs as well as music lovers who want to break into the industry or just blast their tunes at home.
"The response we have received for the X-Boom has been amazing," says D Y Kim, the president of LG Electronics Gulf.
"LG does not believe it holds a niche appeal; rather it is designed and caters for a wider audience,"
Sony also says it sees wide appeal for many of the music-related products that it has rolled out in recent years, particularly stylish accessories such as metallic or brightly coloured headphones.
Part of its interest in this market, of course, stems from the company's music-creations divisions such as
"That's one big advantage we have when developing a lot of these music products," Mr Warminiec adds. "A lot of the products we produce are at the pro-level first, then those technologies are brought down into the consumer market."
Sony's HDR-MV1 music video recorder, which was released in September, is pitched squarely at artists who want to shoot and share their performances in high-definition video. According to Sony, this particular model captures sharp pictures even in dimly lit clubs or recording studios and is "ideal for band rehearsals, practice sessions and live gigs."
If it seems like the company is pushing hard to capture creators and fans of music, that is because it is. "It's been such a growing market the last little while," says Mr Warminiec.
Sometimes, though, consumer electronics makers have struggled to market their music-related products the way they had originally intended.
At the end of this past summer, Parrot's founder and chief executive had asked the musician
But after Reed died in October from liver disease, Parrot was caught off guard and decided to release a dedicated setting on one of its free mobile apps as if Reed had tuned the headphones like it was a musical instrument.
The feature is based on Reed's "lengthy" discussions with his sound engineer and acoustic designers behind the Zik headphones, Parrot says, and includes much more enhanced bass.
Other times, manufacturers have learnt the hard way that today's hit is tomorrow's oldie.
In 2005, wannabe rock 'n' rollers had their chance to croon out hits by bands including The Ramones,
But following a six-year run, during which time various editions of Guitar Hero racked up more than
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