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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Book Preview: #1 The death of the mp3 was announced in a conference room in Erlangen, Germany, in the spring of 1995. The technology had failed to secure a single long-term customer. Its inventors knew it was over. They were running out of state funding, and their corporate sponsors were abandoning them. #2 The body of research the committee was dismissing went back decades,...
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...