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Listen The iPod: 'A Quantum Leap In Listening'

December 22, 2009 – It wasn't the first player to offer music on the go, but its impact on the decade is undeniable.


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

December 21, 2009 – Shawn Fanning turned the music industry on its head, foreshadowing a decade of spasmodic change.


Listen Recording Studios Face Uncertain Future

December 10, 2009 – Bands no longer need to book studio time, and can approximate a decent sound in the basement.


Listen The Decade In Music: How Musicians Create

December 3, 2009 – How has technology changed the relationship between musicians and their fans?


Listen The Decade In Music: The Way We Listen Now

December 2, 2009 – The way we experience music has exploded with this past decade's proliferation of the MP3 file.


Read Missing The Cut: More Important '00s Music

November 24, 2009 – See some of our favorite albums that didn't make the final 50 most important recordings list.

Listen How I Recorded A Song In One Weekend

November 21, 2009 – Last weekend, NPR Music gave its followers two days to write and produce a song. Here's one of them.


Read The Future of What? Looking Ahead in Music

November 20, 2009 – Here is the final installment of our unscientific, should-not-be-used-for-news-and-reporting-p...

Read A Magazine, Reborn: 'Vibe' Is Back In 2010

November 20, 2009 – Len Burnett speaks about the relevance of a print magazine focused on hip-hop in today's market.

Read The Decade In Music: Beyonce's 'Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)' (2009)

November 20, 2009 – Sure, "Single Ladies" actually came out in 2008, but it's fair to argue that it's the jam of 2009.

Read 'Free' Music And The Unbuyable Sublime

November 20, 2009 – Jace Clayton, a.k.a. DJ /rupture wonders about the value of music in the age of easy access.

Read The Past (And Future) Of Online Music

November 20, 2009 – Record companies' defeat of Napster was a Pyrrhic victory; file-sharing turned out to be a Hydra.

Read Question Of The Day: How Will We Listen To Music In 2020?

November 20, 2009 – How will we listen to music in the next decade? How will we acquire it? What will it sound like?

Read Industry FAIL: Four Musical Mistakes Of The Decade

November 19, 2009 – Schadenfreude never seems so sweet as when it's directed at the music industry. Here are a few o...

Listen Assessing Decade's 50 Important Recordings

November 19, 2009 – Tom Moon is the author of 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.


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