Technology’s Irresistible Force Meets The Record Industry’s Immovable Object

How Music Got Free is Tacoma Library's favorite new work in the field of music and digital media technology. This spellbinding narrative describes the key forces that led to the record industry’s untimely demise over the course of ten astonishing years.

The rise of mp3 encoding technology; the free-sharing ethos of tech-savvy teenagers; the smugness of a bloated but slow-to-respond industry; a prolific and perfectly camouflaged music pirate and a brand new little gadget known as the iPod collide spectacularly in this well-researched page-turner by journalist Stephen Witt.