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MP3 : the meaning of a format

Author: Jonathan Sterne
Publisher: Durham : Duke University Press, 2012.
Series: Sign, storage, transmission.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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MP3: The Meaning of a Format recounts the hundred-year history of the world's most common format for recorded audio. Understanding the historical meaning of the MP3 format entails rethinking the place of digital technologies in the larger universe of twentieth-century communication history, from hearing research conducted by the telephone industry in the 1910s, through the mid-century development of perceptual  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Sterne
ISBN: 9780822352877 0822352877 9780822352839 0822352834
OCLC Number: 769429993
Description: xv, 341 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction : format theory --
Perceptual technics --
Nature builds no telephones --
Perceptual coding and the domestication of noise --
Making a standard --
Of MPEG, measurement, and men --
Is music a thing? --
Conclusion : the end of MP3.
Series Title: Sign, storage, transmission.
Other Titles: Meaning of a format
Responsibility: Jonathan Sterne.
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Jonathan Sterne shows that understanding the historical meaning of the MP3, the world's most common format for recorded audio, involves rethinking the place of digital technologies in the broader  Read more...

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