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How Music Industry Greed, Not MP3 or Piracy, Killed the Music CD

Before MP3, there was the music CD. (Note to younger Neatorama readers: ask your parents about it. It’s those shiny round discs that look just like DVDs.) Remember those? And remember why you don’t buy them anymore? Well, the music industry would like to attribute demise of the music CD sales to the rise of digital [...]

Practical Advice on Saving Digital Photos

Most of us (okay, virtually all of us) have tons of digital photos floating around — many are on our computers, some are on photo-sharing sites, some might even be printed (imagine that) and hanging on a wall or pasted in a book. But what happens if your computer, or your photo-sharing service, goes away? [...]

The Ultimate Audio Format War: Records vs. Wax Cylinders

Mac vs PC, VHS vs. Betamax, and Blu-Ray vs. HD DVD are famous format wars, but they’ve got nothing against those fought by Thomas Edison. Here’s one that lasted 20 years: The most famous audio format war was between Thomas Edison and Emile Berliner, both of whom invented competing types of records for the phonograph. Edison [...]