From Napster To Spotify – Interview on Australian Radio

I was recently interviewed by Australian journalist Dan Dare – a talk that has now been incorporated into the radio program From Napster To Spotify: How Did We Get Here and Where Are We Headed at the Australian community radio 3RRR Digital (Melbourne). The program explores the origins of music streaming and file sharing in a broad-ranging collection of interviews (including the one with myself), beginning with Napster and the days of illegal 14400k file sharing over modems through to the complex API of The Echo Nest employed by Spotify to facilitate music discovery for its users. “Swedish academic, Pelle Snickars, one of the authors of Spotify Teardown: Inside the Black Box of Streaming Music tells Dan that the very real cultural and political effects wrought by Spotify go beyond easy access to music as the people and algorithms behind them act as gate-keepers who control what gets heard and by whom.”