How the Music Got Free

I’m currently having a blast reading this rip-roaring yarn of how MP3, at least for a while, threatened to kill an entire industry. It’s a well-informed book which, if you were there, jump-starts a whole bunch of recollections.

Stephen Witt, currently hailing from New York, provides us with a fascinating insight into the inner workings of the music industry, its sometimes frustratingly block-headed bigwigs and, with much panache, a glimpse of the thriving pirate networks that had their own set of values and, as much as the music industry, a highly competitive demeanor.

A real page turner.
Highly recommended.


Stephen Witt. How the Music got Free. Viking, June 2015.

  • Finalist for the 2016 Los Angeles Times Book Prize,
  • finalist for the 2016 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize,
  • finalist for the 2015 Financial Times Book of the Year,
  • finalist for the 2015 Business Book of the Year,
  • a New York Times Editors’ Choice,
  • and one of the year’s best books in  The Washington Post, Slate, The Atlantic, Time and Forbes.

Posted by Volkher Hofmann

Volkher Hofmann (deus62) has been blogging on and off since the 1990s and is all that is left. He loves music, literature, drumming and, most of all, real life. He thinks the open web is much more important than social networks, closed-in ecosystems and other severely commercialized online endeavors.

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