Thursday, October 29, 2009

On the Media covers the music biz

Just got around to listening to the podcast of this week's On The Media, and wow... what a great example of public radio reporting. This week's entire show is devoted to an examination of the music business during the 10 year anniversary of the launch of Napster.

NPR reporter Rick Carr guests hosts and gets some amazing quotes, including one from former RIAA head Hilary Rosen who admits that the heads of the music labels may have sued Napster into oblivion... but they also thought it was kind of cool and she laments that 10 years later nobody has come up with a music distribution system that works as well as Napster did.

If you care about the impact of digital media on music (or video, books, news, or any of the other areas its impacting these days), or if you just appreciate a good story, you should give this week's show a listen.

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