“It was one hundred and five years ago when the recording industry was born. It was just five years ago when it was reborn,” Terry Gregory writes for Gregoryology.
“It is truly amazing when you compare what happened between the years 1901 and 1903 to what happened between 2001 and 2003. Two hardware manufacturers that not only introduced technological marvels of their day, but both changed how we would listen to music,” Gregory writes.
Gregory writes, “[In 2003], Apple was the only manufacturer of hardware that was distributing music. They knew that in order for this to work, all of the best artists had to be available. This was the same logic Victor used when they signed up all the great operatic stars for their Red Seal series. Even though there were other talking machine manufacturers that were making recordings, none of them committed to the popular artists of the day. Both companies signed the best artists in order to sell more machines.”
There is much, much more in the very interesting full article here.