In modern times, digital technology has been hugely important for three piece Grunge band Nirvana. When their album 'Nevermind' released in 1991 (Geffen Records), people did not have access to the modern technology that we have today such as the internet. This means that the band had to rely on live performances and 'word of mouth' to spread their popularity and ideology.
The main form of digital technology that Nirvana used when their album was released was the live TV performances such as performances on Jonathan Ross and Top of the Pops. For these live performances they pulled 'PR stunts' as to make a huge impact on the audience and therefore become more popular via word of mouth. A example of this is their performance on Jonathan Ross where they were meant to play their song "Lithium", their most radio friendly song but instead they played they played "Territorial Pissing" there most radio unfriendly song. This stunt was sure to drum up a lot of attention and portrays the grunge ideology of rebellion and anti-estiblishment.
Now in modern times we have access to many more forms of digital technology that were not available in the 1990's, such as youtube and iTunes. These on demand services means that the target audience can view and listen to Nirvana's songs/ music videos where ever and when ever they want. This contrasts to the 1990' where the music was only available on CD, radio and Tv channels (MTV). Itunes allows new generations to find older music because the technology is quick, simple and could be referred to as 'impulse purchases' . The fact that the music is ready available to the masses 20 years after the release ensures the longevity of the band.
Nirvana also have a large number of Fan sites all over the internet and social networking sites and this also ensures that the longevity of the band. The relative new appearance of social networking may not be as important for nirvana as it is to Lady Gaga, but it still has a huge impact. It means that the fans of Nirvana, both past and present, can meet like minded people virtually and engage in social interaction with them and this means that the band/ablum stay as a topic of conversation 20 years after album has been released.