11 May 2016

"How Music Got Free" by Stephen Witt

With a narrative that twists and turns, Witt describes the dramatic and often revolutionary forces that upended the music industry (and parts of the entertainment industry as a whole), bringing it to its needs as well as the accompanying technical revolution that was at first abhorrently rejected before finally being welcomed.

Spanning a couple of decades, Witt gives unique insight into the astounding process of creating the MP3 standard, the development and rejection of the first MP3 players and the hearty destruction caused by rampant, persistent digital piracy.

Interesting tidbit: The 80's classic, Tom's Diner, was chosen to develop the MP3 compression algorithms against because of its variety of instruments, vocals and spoken words.

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