Sonic Boom John Alderman

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Published: July 11th 2002

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224 pages


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Sonic Boom  by  John Alderman

Sonic Boom by John Alderman
July 11th 2002 | Kindle Edition | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 224 pages | ISBN: | 8.24 Mb

Napster may or may not be a factor in the music scene of the future, but its extraordinary rise--and the attention it focused on the MP3 digital audio format--has ensured its status as a key figure in bringing this new type of sound recording toMoreNapster may or may not be a factor in the music scene of the future, but its extraordinary rise--and the attention it focused on the MP3 digital audio format--has ensured its status as a key figure in bringing this new type of sound recording to public consciousness.

Sonic Boom, by veteran cyberjournalist John Alderman, cogently recounts the brief but tumultuous story that led up to this upstart song-trading exchange attracting 500,000 users each night--along with the wrath of the traditional recording industry. But Napster is hardly the entire story when it comes to the MP3 revolution, and Alderman is wise to focus significant attention on other important players.

These include the Internet Underground Music Archive, an early Web site launched to help bands reach a wider audience- MP3.com, whose domain name initially made it the central gathering point for online music fans- Liquid Audio and RealAudio, two of the first established efforts to facilitate sound transmittal over the Net- the Grateful Dead, Todd Rundgren, and Beastie Boys, a few of the independent-minded, techno-savvy musicians whose connection vastly boosted interest- and the Recording Industry Association of America, the old-line trade group that squeezed Napster and put its very future in question.

Hardcore tune traders may not be interested in all the machinations Alderman describes, but those drawn to the business side of music and the Internet, as well as the debate over intellectual property rights in the electronic world, should find his account of the still-unfolding drama an engaging and illuminating read. --Howard Rothman



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