Great Job, Internet!: Read This: A look at the man whose leaks broke the music industry

These days, it’s almost a given that a record will be available online before its release. Or, if it’s not, that it’ll be streaming shortly thereafter, essentially for free, provided you’re willing to a few commercials. But how did the industry get that way? Everyone knows about Napster, but who was actually leaking the records that ended up getting passed around online. The New Yorker has a fascinating profile of Dell Glover, a North Carolina man who worked at Universal Music Group’s CD pressing plant and used rubber gloves, scheduling, and seven expensive CD burners to leak hundreds of records to the internet, including albums by Kanye West, Eminem, and 50 Cent. Detailing Glover’s rise through IRC and into “topsites,” the piece is a little tech-heavy, but incredibly interesting all the same, especially for those who are interested in the continuing decline of the …

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