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The recording industry is in a continual state of flux. New technology, new music, new markets, and new ways of doing business are constantly redefining the way the music producers perform their jobs. Computer technology is simplifying the recording and mixing process while opening new outlets for creativity. More consumers are purchasing their music through the Internet and digital channels, and paid digital downloads have contributed to the decline in CD sales over the past few years. As a result, musicians are no longer able to rely solely on record deals to succeed in the industry, and must also factor in merchandising and live performances to bolster their income. Employment for music producers is very competitive. Although some independent-label bands choose to produce themselves, the experience and knowhow of a successful producer is a standard for major-label productions. Record labels will continue to seek the specialized skills of the music producer.