How Music Got Free: A Story of Obsession and Invention
Still sealed copies Trade paperback How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy How Music Got Free - Book cover.jpg Author Stephen Richard Witt Country United States of America Language English Genre Non-fiction Publisher Viking Publication date June 16, 2015 Pages 296 ISBN 978-0-525-42661-5 Dewey Decimal 381'.45780266-dc23 LC Class ML3790.W59 2015 Website http://stephenwittbooks.com/books/how-music-got-free-hc How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy (Also published as How Music Got Free: What Happens When an Entire Generation Commits the Same Crime?, How Music Got Free: The Inventor, The Mogul and the Thief, and How Music Got Free: A Story of Obsession and Invention) is a non-fiction book by journalist Stephen Witt. The book chronicles the invention of the MP3 format for audio information, detailing the efforts by researchers such as Karlheinz Brandenburg to analyze human hearing and successfully compress songs in a form that can be easily transmitted. Witt also documents the rise of the warez scene and spread of copyright-infringing efforts online while detailing the campaigns by music industry executives such as Doug Morris to adapt to changing technology.
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