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Notes on MP3 Format from Seth

what phenomenon is drawn out in the text

  • the creation and popularization of the MP3 format.
  • the main empirical evidence is the format itself

  • it's all of these things: social process, cultural/political-economic shift, etc.

  • corporate histories (sony example), scientific research paradigm (perceptual techics), experiment design, technologies, "normality", modes of listening

where is it located?

Western: US/Europe, 20th century

Commerce, Technology, Culture

Historical Trajectory?

specific: history perceptual technics 1920s -

Compression History: can be extended back centuries and into the future: "there will never be a post compression era"

What scales:

micros: ears and models of ears, audio equipment, bits

mess: research practices, paradigms, concepts of listening,

macro: standards, norms, on a social levels, infrastructure

who are the players

industry (many types: traditional commodity and), engineers, research subjects, listeners and users, expert listeners, casual listeners, artists, pirates, file-sharers

last chapter speaks towards changes in relationship between music consumers and the industries that profit from music consumption.


Diana L. Ascher, PhD, MBA, is a principal at Stratelligence and a co-founder of the Information Ethics & Equity Institute. Her lifelong interest in knowledge and decision making has focused on the evaluation, classification, organization, communication, and interpretation of information, and motivates her work in the fields of behavioral science, finance, higher education, information studies, journalism, law, leadership, management, medicine, and policy. She brings more than two decades of experience as a writer, editor, media director, and information strategist to her work.

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