milnerThis week on The Marketplace of Ideas, Colin Marshall talks to Greg Milner, music and technology journalist for Spin, The Village Voice, Wired and Rolling Stone. Milner’s new book is Perfecting Sound Forever: An Aural History of Recorded Music, which traces the evolution of how organized sound has been captured, modified, packaged, sold and heard since Thomas Edison first shouted “Mary Had a Little Lamb” into the horn of his makeshift cylinder recorder. The history covers the many famous technological and ideological conflicts of the industry, such as acoustic versus electric, analog versus digital, 33 1/3 rpm versus 45 rpm, vinyl versus CD, MP3 versus AAC, and fidelity versus experience.

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