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

Stephen Witt

"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. 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. In the page-turning tradition of writers like Michael Lewis and Lawrence Wright, Witt's deeply-reported first book 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. An irresistible never-before-told story of greed, cunning, genius, and deceit, How Music Got Free isn't just a story of the music industry-it's a must-read history of the Internet itself.

"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. 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. In the page-turning tradition of writers like Michael Lewis and Lawrence Wright, Witt's deeply-reported first book 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. An irresistible never-before-told story of greed, cunning, genius, and deceit, How Music Got Free isn't just a story of the music industry-it's a must-read history of the Internet itself.
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"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. 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. In the page-turning tradition of writers like Michael Lewis and Lawrence Wright, Witt's deeply-reported first book 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. An irresistible never-before-told story of greed, cunning, genius, and deceit, How Music Got Free isn't just a story of the music industry-it's a must-read history of the Internet itself.

Language:

English

Length:

9h 13m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:29


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:30


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:39


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

08:53


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:19


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

08:00


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:42


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

07:45


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:35


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:42


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:17


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:11


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

07:46


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:28


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:59


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:02


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:26


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

07:45


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:56


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:02


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:27


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

07:51


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:40


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:50


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

07:42


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

08:47


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

08:34


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

08:36


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

09:05


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

08:25


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:27


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:06


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:35


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:06


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

07:08


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:56


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:03


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

07:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:02


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:51


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

07:36


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:23


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:47


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:12


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:26


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

07:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:58


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

08:06


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:24


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

06:53


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:46


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:12


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

08:23


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

08:44


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:39


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:18


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

07:06


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:01


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:46


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:26


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

07:19


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:07


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

00:43