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An A-Sides Aside: Director Alex Winter DownloadsNapster

Jon Chattman | Posted 10.15.2013 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

Napster's Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker with Alex Winter The recently-released documentary Downloaded takes us back to a time in which there was no...

The Origins Of One Of The iPhone's Most Iconic Features, Explained

The Huffington Post | Drew Guarini | Posted 08.12.2013 | Technology

For many people, the "boo-dah-ling" of their iPhones has become synonymous with Apple. But the iPhone's default text message ringtone was never origin...

Educating South Sudanese Students with MP3s

Kristine Pearson | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Kristine Pearson

Countries like South Sudan struggling to deliver quality education are exactly why we created the solar-powered Lifeplayer MP3 in the first place. Our Lifeplayers have arrived in the country and so have I, to train in their use and care.

Will Neil Young's 'Pono' Player Really Make Music Sound Better?

Eliot Van Buskirk | Posted 10.09.2012 | Technology
Eliot Van Buskirk

Sampling rate dictates the highest pitch a format can represent, while bit depth concerns number of gradations of loudness. But can humans actually tell the difference? In other words, is there any point to Pono?

Do You Listen To Your Music On Full-Blast? (POLL)

Posted 05.25.2012 | Teen

Whoever coined the phrase "sex, drugs and rock n' roll," may have been onto something: According to a new study conducted by researchers in The Nether...

Rocker Neil Young May Challenge MP3 With New Format

CNET | Posted 06.05.2012 | Technology
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Get ready, MP3s: Rocker Neil Young and his electric-powered Lincoln Continental are coming for you. ...

Music Blogs React to Megaupload Seizure and Cyberlocker Lockdowns

Jason Sigal | Posted 03.27.2012 | Technology
Jason Sigal

Even if they were just the new sleazy middleman in the distribution chain, millions of users had come to rely on Megaupload for very legitimate uses. Now their files are gone.

The Music and Mayhem of Atari Teenage Riot: An Interview with Alec Empire (Plus Free MP3!)

Tim Mohr | Posted 11.08.2011 | Entertainment
Tim Mohr

Atari Teenage Riot -- Berlin's loudest, most strident, and most influential band -- kicked off a US tour this week.

The Making of MiniDisc

David Julian Price | Posted 09.10.2011 | Technology
David Julian Price

MiniDisc was surely the last hurrah of Sony's heroic age. It was a time when Sony was driven by engineering purity rather than sales and marketing commonsense.

Local Music App Aims to Help Cafes Compete With Starbucks, Peets

Eliot Van Buskirk | Posted 09.05.2011 | Technology
Eliot Van Buskirk

Band Over Boston uses iTunes' ability to stream music over a WiFi network to present an array of local bands from that area that have submitted their music to the system.

A Practiced Wolf Parade Takes Terminal 5 (DOWNLOAD MP3)

Simon McCormack | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Simon McCormack

Two-thirds of the way through Wolf Parade's set at Terminal Five on Tuesday, guitarist Dan Boeckner made a confession. "It's still really intimidati...

From Pink Floyd and Abbey Road to The Project and Austin Powers: A Conversation with Alan Parsons

Mike Ragogna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

Sound designer Alan Parsons has long had a passion for the latest technologies. Alan took a moment to talk with me about his illustrious past that included his days at Abbey Road Studios through his latest technology-focused endeavor.

Technology Affects The Worldwide Community

Gil Laroya | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gil Laroya

There's a strange side effect happening around the world, which seems to be occurring more overseas than here at home: countries who adopt our technology are slowly adopting our social styles as well.

Innovation in America: An Autobahn, or a Suburban Street With Speed Bumps?

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gary Shapiro

My fear is that my son's future won't include the rapid pace of innovation that we have enjoyed in recent years. What if decades roll by and innovation stands still?

iPod In Iraq: Soldiers' MP3s A New Instrument Of War

guardian.co.uk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

Professor Pieslak is a music theorist at the City College of New York. Over the past few years he has interviewed US soldiers about the music they lis...

Eebs: A History of Future Publishing

Giles Slade | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Giles Slade

The Kindle is for the book-lover who might buy a first, a signed or a special edition. It is lingerie. It is a box of chocolates or a bottle of double-malt. Competition will drive it to adapt, and it will.

Cheer Up, Axl, You're Not that Irrelevant

Jason Notte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jason Notte

Sometime in the near future, a young man will ride the L train between wearing a bandanna around his neck, $100 jeans with a studded belt and a crisp, new Guns 'n' Roses T-shirt.

Goodnight, CDs, Goodnight: the Return of Vinyl

Marissa Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Marissa Moss

The once antiquated method of listening to music has been making a welcome comeback among both young and old music fans, especially in the indie-music realm. So why now?

Sony BMG Drops Music Copy Protection

AP | YURI KAGEYAMA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Sony BMG will start selling music downloads in the copy-protection-free MP3 format later this month in North America, as even the last holdout among t...