This paper is a brief position piece in response to the small number of research documents, including our own, that examine energy use and carbon reduction associated with recorded music, with an emphasis on digital. It specifically recommends some further research into downloading and streaming. While this piece is focused on music it does have relevance for a much wider creative community. The creative industries are rapidly shifting to digital, and in that context we need to examine the impacts of the new business models and listening behaviours so that we can match the force of digital with the interests of a low carbon infrastructure.
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