How the Music Industry Messed Up Legal Streaming the First Time Around
Lessons from the music industry’s initial consumer-hostile reaction to the Napster saga. Going from $16 CDs to unlimited streaming is really hard.
Back in the Day
This In-Browser Winamp Emulator Will Take You Back to 1999
It really whips the llama’s ass.
Last.fm Was the Only Music Social Network That Made Sense
Inside the rise and fall of Last.fm, the social network that understood how online music worked and that resembled bits of Facebook, Songkick, Blogspot, and Spotify.
I Miss My iPod Classic More Than Anything
As Apple kills more iPods, an ode to the 'dumb' MP3 player.
Why Spotify Lowered the Volume of Songs and Ended Hegemonic Loudness
Your ears will appreciate the end of the "Loudness Wars."
Here You Go Dorks, Here's Your Goddamn FLAC for iPhones
Of course you won't be satisfied, you people are never satisfied.
The MP3 Is Not Dead
Everyone keeps saying the MP3 is dead. It's not!
Remembering ‘Esc’, the Virtual Nightclub That Never Was
A nightclub so exclusive that no one has ever heard of it.
An Ode to the Digital Download, and Its Impending Death
What happens when the future dies before it’s happened?
What.cd Admin: We’re Sad to Say the Site Is Not Coming Back
Former members of the private, BitTorrent music community shouldn’t expect an encore performance.
Here’s a Playlist of Some of the Earliest Pirated MP3s on the Internet
Celebrating 20 years of ripping MP3s.
Pirates Are Posting Prince's Music to An Obscure Corner of the Internet
Sure, you’ll have to break copyright to find Prince’s music online, but when has that ever stopped pirates?