How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy
Finalist for the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the 2016 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, and the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year
One of Billboard's 100 Greatest Music Books of All Time
A New York Times Editors' Choice
ONE OF THE YEAR'S BEST BOOKS: The Washington Post - The Financial Times - Slate - The Atlantic - Time - Forbes
"[How Music Got Free] has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book."--Dwight Garner, The New York Times
What happens when an entire generation commits the same crime?
How Music Got Free is a riveting story of obsession, music, crime, and money, featuring visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy teenagers. It's about the greatest pirate in history, the most powerful executive in the music business, a revolutionary invention and an illegal website four times the size of the iTunes Music Store.
Journalist Stephen Witt traces the secret history of digital music piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc manufacturing plant where factory worker Dell Glover leaked nearly two thousand albums over the course of a decade, to the high-rises of midtown Manhattan where music executive Doug Morris cornered the global market on rap, and, finally, into the darkest recesses of the Internet.
Through these interwoven narratives, Witt has written a thrilling book that depicts the moment in history when ordinary life became forever entwined with the world online--when, suddenly, all the music ever recorded was available for free. In the page-turning tradition of writers like Michael Lewis and Lawrence Wright, Witt's deeply reported first book introduces the unforgettable characters--inventors, executives, factory workers, and smugglers--who revolutionized an entire artform, and reveals for the first time the secret underworld of media pirates that transformed our digital lives.
An irresistible never-before-told story of greed, cunning, genius, and deceit, How Music Got Free isn't just a story of the music industry--it's a must-read history of the Internet itself.
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How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of PiracyUser Review - Stephen Richard Witt - Publishers Weekly
As journalist Witt engagingly explains, in 2011, Americans spent more money on live concerts than on recorded music; in 2012, sales of digital music surpassed sales of CDs; and in 2013, revenues from ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - zenhead - LibraryThing
"The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy." The largely untold story of how a handful of obscure German engineers, with the eventual help of a vast underground of pirates and hackers, developed the mp3, and turned the music industry inside out. Read full review
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