If you have ever wondered how pirated music went mainstream and got onto all of your friends phones then How Music Got Free (2015) by Stephen Witt will be a great read.
Witt interleaves the story of Doug Morris, a highly successful music industry executive with Karlheinz Brandenburg and the Fraunhofer team who created MP3s and Dell Glover, a ‘scene’ member who pirated thousands of pre-release albums. Through them Apple’s role, Napster and Bittorrent are also described.
The story itself is really interesting and Witt does a superb job of combining it all. In terms of non-fiction style it’s up there with Simon Winchester and Michael Lewis in the way it provides multiple narratives that combine to provide a fine picture of how mp3s altered the music industry.