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MP3 compression of digital audio files made music more portable. Shutterstock?Roger Jegg Fotodesign Jegg.de

Not dead yet: how MP3 changed the way we listen to music

The MP3 audio file transformed the way we accessed music online. So what does it mean now that licensing and support for the popular format is to end?
Data from what we download and listen to can now be mined to create and promote future songs. 'Music Men' via www.shutterstock.com

How data is transforming the music industry

Does musical taste even matter anymore? Or does a data-driven feedback loop – where what you enjoy in the past shapes what you hear today – influence what you'll like in the future?
Composing a symphonic landscape: Caspar David Friedrich’s 1818 oil painting, Wanderer above the Sea of Fog. Wikimedia Commons

Decoding the music masterpieces: Strauss’s An Alpine Symphony

With An Alpine Symphony, Richard Strauss achieved something remarkable: the painting of the German alps, complete with cow meadows and waterfalls, in sound.
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Ella Fitzgerald’s flirtation with reefer songs

Just as Fitzgerald's career was taking off, jazz was under attack for its purported connection to drug culture. If she wanted to become a mainstream superstar, she needed to make a choice.
People watch Father John Misty perform at the 2015 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Are there too many music festivals?

Music festivals have been a boon to the music industry, but now we're starting to witness some pitfalls of commercial success: consolidation and creeping conformity.
The iconic Rage intro. Screenshot from Youtube

30 years of Rage, and no signs of quietening

ABC TV's Rage has so far weathered the storm of digital disruption to remain an important, and nostalgic, part of Australia's music industry.
Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry performs in 1980. AP Photo

Was Chuck Berry the lone genius he’s made out to be?

In 2000, Berry's longtime piano player sued him, claiming he never got any credit for songs he had co-written. Even though the case was dismissed, a St. Louis lawyer decided to investigate further.

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