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How Music Got Free

The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy

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Published by Viking in New York .
Written in English.

About the Book

This book 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. Witt 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. - Publisher.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Chapters 1-20
Epilogue

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
296 p.
Number of pages
296
Dimensions
24 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL25691862M
ISBN 10
0525426612
ISBN 13
9780525426615
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