Scott Rosenberg reposts a piece on MP3 from 2000. Here’s my favorite sentence:
Today, though, “having” a new music release is beginning to mean something as vague as having a particular file on your computer’s hard drive.
Here in 2009, the idea that having something means that it exists as a file doesn’t seem vague to most people at all. I don’t think it seemed vague to me back then, either. This also led me to wonder when I first encountered MP3 — I know for sure I started using WinAmp in 1997.
Rosenberg’s comments on the wrongheadedness of the music industry are amazing to read in retrospect. The obvious path was out there, and the recording industry is still hesitant to take it.