Music access patterns: A social interpretation based on consumption volume and linkage needs

Jordi López Sintas, Àngel Cebollada-Frontera, Nela Filimon, Abaghan Ghahraman


The substitution of purchased music by downloaded music has been much researched using individualistic psychological or economic frameworks. However, such research designs rarely take into account the social dimension of music taste and access to music, with social science research only recently addressing the way individuals access information and cultural expressions. Our research develops and tests a theoretical model of access to music that is based on the life stage and social position of individuals (as reflected by their age and education) and explains why and how music access patterns, motivations and listening behaviours are structured by both these factors.

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music access pattern, motivation, music consumption, theory of music access, latent class analysis

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