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First came the computer which allowed people, mostly computer
geeks, to assimilate large amounts of information and crunch
numbers in a fraction of the time that it used to in the past.
Then came the internet which allowed people to communicate
almost any topic instantaneously. Finally, the digital age
arrived with computers, cell phones and PDA's (personal data
assistants). Along with all the digital wonders emerged the MP3,
a digital recording device used primarily for recording music.
Once the MP3's had established their popularity, the musical
download services came into being. Some of these offered free
downloads which touched off numerous legal battles pitting the
music industry and recording artists on the one hand against the
music download services and music recording public on the other.
As you would expect the fight was over money. The music industry
and artists were claiming they were losing money in the form of
residuals. After much wrangling, a settlement was reached
between the two sides. Now all one has to do is pay a small fee
and you can download to your heart's content.
The offerings for downloading are as numerous and varied as
there are individuals. All forms of music are available such as
Classical, Country and Western, Jazz, R&B, and Rock. One only
has to download their favorite song or music and then they can
take it with them on their portable MP3 digital music player.
Being digital, the MP3 player has the advantage of being
smaller, lighter in weight and is able to record more musical
tracks on the storage medium. In essence, the listener becomes
his or her own DJ. You can not only pick the artist you like but
also your favorite songs by that artist as well. Or you can
customize your music to your own tastes and mix and match
similar types of music from various artists. The possibilities
Predictably, with the success of the digital MP3 players has
come a whole new diverse set of downloadable products and
support gear. Now with the new hardware and software one is able
to not only download to their computer but also "burn" their
music onto CD's. Now you have the capability of making your own
permanent music collection for your CD player. Being connected
to the internet gives anyone instant access to millions of
titles and artists from around the world.
This revolution in entertainment isn't limited to music. There
are now downloads to your computer of things such as free public
domain sheet music, movies, cartoons, TV shows, documentaries,
and even movie trailers of coming attractions. Many of these
downloadable audio-visual programs will be able to be enjoyed by
your own cell phone in the near future. Some companies are
trying to create the ultimate in portable
communication/entertainment devices. The cell of the future will
be a phone capable of seeing the person you are speaking with,
MP3, PDA, and theater. The future is now.
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