Saturday, October 10, 2009

COMING SOON: The 2000s - The Decade Of Decidin'

In the Y2K the digital music revolution became full force. It was in the late 90s that MP3s began to appear, here and there, on messageboards and virtual trading posts. In 1998 a big cross-section was infamous for posting, Who's got MP3s of the new___INSERT ARTIST(S) HERE___
A college kid named Shawn Fanning developed the first fully functional Peer-To-Peer network and pissed off an aging Lars Ulrich enough to draw the attention of the Whole Wide World. Napster. Com started as a free file-sharing site in 1999 and was shutdown in 2001 before a corporate buy-out. Metallica, a band as dependent on the standard commerce of the record industry did not have the technical foresight to see the upcoming paradigm shift. In 2007, Radiohead, another multi-millionaire rock group offered up their album for any price to the end user.
And Bill Gates who found much success in the previous decade, saw his archnemesis Steve Jobs finish building his Apple Empire. Gates has been quoted saying that his family isn't allowed to bring Apple products into the home. I'm not sure if he was joking or not. Around the time Napster was being corporatized, Apple introduced the iPod. Shortly after the Twin Towers were a fiery heap of twisted metal, college kids were coming out of University Square with thin white wires attached to white ear buds in their coat pockets. The first generation iPod sold itself without an ad campaign. ----to be completed----10/10/09

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