NPR Music Staff Discuss The List

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The MP3 puts every song at your fingertips anytime and anywhere. Is it too much? dead redhead via Flickr hide caption

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The Decade In Music: The Way We Listen Now

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Christopher Clark graphed the peak levels of and RMS levels of three hit songs a year over the past three decades. This image links to a PDF of his full poster, "A Visual History Of Loudness." Christopher Clark hide caption

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The Loudness Wars: Why Music Sounds Worse

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Even with creative MP3 packaging for his music, Of Montreal's Kevin Barnes still believes in the concept of the album. Patrick Heagney hide caption

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The Decade In Music: How Musicians Create

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The Summer Jam And The Return Of The Single

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The iPod: 'A Quantum Leap In Listening'

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Advances in digital technology over the past decade have made it easier and cheaper to distribute music online. But it's fans, not labels, who are taking the lead. Fensterbme via Flickr hide caption

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Obscure Music Finds An Outlet On The Web

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YouTube: Online Fame For Everyone

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Napster: The File-Sharing Service That Started It All?

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Radiohead shocked the music industry by letting fans pay the price they wanted to download In Rainbows. John Shearer/Getty Images hide caption

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'In Rainbows': A Pragmatic Experiment

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'American Idol' And The Making Of A Star

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Musicians We Lost, 2000-2009

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2006 And The Death Of Tower Records

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The Decade In Classical Recordings

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One of the earliest examples of music blogs' influence was the success of Arcade Fire in 2004. Paul Bergen/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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2004: The Year Of The Music Blog

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Beyond Country: Not Your Father's Nashville

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MySpace: Still The Musician's Friend

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Nashville Reels To A Somber Tune

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Recording Studios Face Uncertain Future

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How I Recorded A Song In One Weekend

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