This paper investigates the current status of what we call Digital Music Services (DMS). Our research objective is gaining a better understanding of the properties of current DMS and investigating the relationship between service functionality and business model. In a longitudinal research project multiple researchers have contributed to making a taxonomy of current DMS. By recurrent induction and systematic comparison we derive four archetypes of DMS; Extended Radio Broadcasting (EBR), Personalized Internet Radio (PIR), Music Exchange Community (MEC) and Online Music retailers (OMR). A metaanalysis shows that the business model, service functionality and recommendation mechanism are the identifying characteristics of current DMS. We observe a tendency of DMS to start “drifting” between the archetypes and adopting properties from other archetypes. This is not without risk, as users have a rather fixed perspective of the relationship between the offered functionality and business model of the respective archetype.
Katsma, Christiaan and Spil, Ton, "A taxonomy of digital music services" (2010). AMCIS 2010 Proceedings. 559.