Art and music are intrinsically related. The musician is a rebel, and music generates internal rebellions in the listener by confronting him with mirrored images of their deepest feelings, but, what does it really mean to be a rebel?
Many who take a good amount of cash upfront will never know the benefits of long-range thinking.”
The Internet has leveled the playing field, artists can now choose to take the DIY road, and the main advantage Record Labels now have is reduced to their network and their cash. Both are valuable, how to take advantage of them without selling your soul? Think long-range.
An artist or band has these songs, they're awesome, and they got a label interested, they sit down at the negotiating table and the story repeats itself, the label wants master ownership and a participation on all income streams, even non-music related until costs are recouped (a.k.a. 360 deal). Is there a way to break this vicious cycle?
The mp3 encoder/decoder was reverse-engineered and released as a freeware. Two young entrepreneurs saw a chance to help move music forward to a digital market, but life had other plans.
Enjoy this post, the last of a series in which we explored the history of digital music.
1999, just two years after the incident that freed mp3 encryption as freeware, Shawn Fanning, 19, was frustrated with the difficulties of browsing for music on the Internet, which consisted in using a regular search engine to look for whatever song you were looking for.
Shawn then got an idea to build a software based on the peer-to-peer protocol, which would consolidate the browsing and downloading of the users' music files collections using a centralized server.