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Free Ride - How Digital Parasites Are Destroying the Culture Business, and How the Culture Business Can Fight Back

Robert Levine

How did the newspaper, music, and film industries go from raking in big bucks to scooping up digital dimes? Their customers were lured away by the free ride of technology. Now, business journalist Robert Levine shows how they can get back on track. On the Internet, "information wants to be free." This memorable phrase shaped the online business model, but it is now driving the media companies on whom the digital industry feeds out of business. Today, newspaper stocks have fallen to all-time lows as papers are pressured to give away content, music sales have fallen by more than half since file sharing became common, TV ratings are plum­meting as viewership migrates online, and publishers face off against Amazon over the price of digital books. In Free Ride, Robert Levine narrates an epic tale of value destruction that moves from the corridors of Congress, where the law was passed that legalized YouTube, to the dorm room of Shawn Fanning, the founder of Napster; from the bargain-pricing dramas involving iTunes and Kindle to Google's fateful decision to digitize first and ask questions later. Levine charts how the media industry lost control of its destiny and suggests innovative ways it can resist the pull of zero. Fearless in its reporting and analysis, Free Ride is the busi­ness history of the decade and a much-needed call to action.

How did the newspaper, music, and film industries go from raking in big bucks to scooping up digital dimes? Their customers were lured away by the free ride of technology. Now, business journalist Robert Levine shows how they can get back on track. On the Internet, "information wants to be free." This memorable phrase shaped the online business model, but it is now driving the media companies on whom the digital industry feeds out of business. Today, newspaper stocks have fallen to all-time lows as papers are pressured to give away content, music sales have fallen by more than half since file sharing became common, TV ratings are plum­meting as viewership migrates online, and publishers face off against Amazon over the price of digital books. In Free Ride, Robert Levine narrates an epic tale of value destruction that moves from the corridors of Congress, where the law was passed that legalized YouTube, to the dorm room of Shawn Fanning, the founder of Napster; from the bargain-pricing dramas involving iTunes and Kindle to Google's fateful decision to digitize first and ask questions later. Levine charts how the media industry lost control of its destiny and suggests innovative ways it can resist the pull of zero. Fearless in its reporting and analysis, Free Ride is the busi­ness history of the decade and a much-needed call to action.
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How did the newspaper, music, and film industries go from raking in big bucks to scooping up digital dimes? Their customers were lured away by the free ride of technology. Now, business journalist Robert Levine shows how they can get back on track. On the Internet, "information wants to be free." This memorable phrase shaped the online business model, but it is now driving the media companies on whom the digital industry feeds out of business. Today, newspaper stocks have fallen to all-time lows as papers are pressured to give away content, music sales have fallen by more than half since file sharing became common, TV ratings are plum­meting as viewership migrates online, and publishers face off against Amazon over the price of digital books. In Free Ride, Robert Levine narrates an epic tale of value destruction that moves from the corridors of Congress, where the law was passed that legalized YouTube, to the dorm room of Shawn Fanning, the founder of Napster; from the bargain-pricing dramas involving iTunes and Kindle to Google's fateful decision to digitize first and ask questions later. Levine charts how the media industry lost control of its destiny and suggests innovative ways it can resist the pull of zero. Fearless in its reporting and analysis, Free Ride is the busi­ness history of the decade and a much-needed call to action.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Byron Wagner

Length:

9h 37m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:18


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

08:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

06:28


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:06


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

07:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:53


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:12


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:40


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:06


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

08:17


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

06:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:41


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:56


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:28


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:40


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:15


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:13


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:24


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:21


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

09:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:13


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

08:20


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:16


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:12


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:53


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:55


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:40


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:17


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:22


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:07


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

07:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:24


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:01


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

08:09


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:08


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:18


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

08:57


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:31


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:56


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:04


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:19


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:02


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:34


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

08:57


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:43


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:56


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

06:29


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:49


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:04


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:54


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

08:25


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:42


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:26


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:53


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:08


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:51


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:19


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:11


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:58


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:22


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:41


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:07


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

00:33