How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy

How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy

Stephen Witt


Finalist for the 2016 Los Angeles Times publication Prize, the 2016 J. Anthony Lukas ebook Prize, and the 2015 Financial Times and McKinsey company ebook of the Year

New York Times Editors’ Choice

ONE OF THE YEAR'S top BOOKS: The Washington put up • The Financial Times • Slate • The Atlantic • Time • Forbes

“[How tune received Free] has the transparent writing and brisk reportorial acumen of a Michael Lewis book.”—Dwight Garner, The manhattan Times

What occurs while a complete new release commits an identical crime?

How song received Free is a riveting tale of obsession, tune, crime, and funds, that includes visionaries and criminals, moguls and tech-savvy little ones. It’s concerning the maximum pirate in heritage, the main robust govt within the track company, a innovative invention and an unlawful web site 4 instances the scale of the iTunes track Store. 

Journalist Stephen Witt strains the key heritage of electronic track piracy, from the German audio engineers who invented the mp3, to a North Carolina compact-disc production plant the place manufacturing facility employee Dell Glover leaked approximately thousand albums over the process a decade, to the high-rises of midtown new york the place song government Doug Morris cornered the worldwide industry on rap, and, ultimately, into the darkest recesses of the Internet.

Through those interwoven narratives, Witt has written an exciting e-book that depicts the instant in historical past whilst traditional existence turned endlessly entwined with the area online—when, all of sudden, the entire track ever recorded was once to be had at no cost. within the page-turning culture of writers like Michael Lewis and Lawrence Wright, Witt’s deeply said first publication introduces the unforgettable characters—inventors, executives, manufacturing unit staff, and smugglers—who revolutionized a complete artform, and divulges for the 1st time the key underworld of media pirates that reworked our electronic lives.

An impossible to resist never-before-told tale of greed, crafty, genius, and deceit, How tune obtained Free isn’t only a tale of the song industry—it’s a must-read heritage of the net itself.

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