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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Export (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847921493
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847921499
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,686,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[A] meticulously researched book... Levine's solutions are sensible...it's a vital discussion we need to be having -- Davin O'Dwyer Irish Times Levine is an engaging, provocative writer, and there is much to like about Free Ride...an entertaining read, with an entertaining cast Observer Pugnacious and well-researched -- Steven Poole Guardian Important -- Bryan Appleyard Sunday Times Comprehensive -- Pat Kane Independent --This text refers to the Digital edition.

About the Author

Robert Levine was the executive editor of Billboard and has written for Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and the arts and business sections of the New York Times. Before that, he was a features editor at New York magazine and Wired. He holds a B.A. in politics from Brandeis and an M.S.J.from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. He now covers the culture business from New York and Berlin. Free Ride is his first book.

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8 of 22 people found the following review helpful By umlungu on August 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
There is really only one readership for this book. If, like the author, you were an executive in a music intermediary who made lots of money until technology changed the way that people experience music then this book is for you. It will reassure you that its not your fault. It is not your fault that although money spent on music, movies and books is increasing that many incumbent intermediaries aren't making as much as before, although still enough to keep paying executives a lot more than most artists receive. Its not your fault that despite spending millions on lobbying the laws that you bought weren't able to force people to conform to your business model. Its not your fault that despite endless campaigns vilifying your customer base, suing your own customers and making other businesses your janissaries some people still want the content that you distribute but quicker and more efficiently than you choose to distribute it.It is not your fault that refusing to acknowledge changes in technology means that others have built businesses that you said would never work.It is not your fault that many musicians and authors have new business models that don't need you.
No, it is not your fault, it is a vast conspiracy by every technology company (except I guess Sony) who could never have become rich by ingenuity, hard work and offering customers what they want. It is a conspiracy by politicians who despite passing every law you ever paid them to pass failed to make the Internet illegal.
Customers, politicians, technologists, new businesses, it is all their fault, blame everyone else.
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