How Music Got Free

How Music Got Free

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a€c Named one of Time magazinea€™s Best Books of 2015 So Far a€c Long-listed for the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year a€c A New York Times Editorsa€™ Choice a€c a€œ[How Music Got Free] has the clear writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book.a€a€”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. Ita€™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 onlinea€”when, suddenly, all the music ever recorded was available for free. In the page-turning tradition of writers like Michael Lewis and Lawrence Wright, Witta€™s deeply reported first book introduces the unforgettable charactersa€”inventors, executives, factory workers, and smugglersa€”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 isna€™t just a story of the music industrya€”ita€™s a must-read history of the Internet itself. From the Hardcover edition.The email noted that, while Ellis had provided his name, the company did not have an address on file, as required by policy. ... Ellis continued to administer the site from the UK, of course, and the servers remained in Holland, but the change meant that you could no longer find him in the ... Until recently, he had been running the server from his house, with his IP address available for anyone to see .

Title:How Music Got Free
Author:Stephen Witt
Publisher:Penguin - 2015-06-16


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