This is the story of the MP3, an audio breakthrough that brought a billion dollar industry to the brink of collapse, but also paved the way for our modern digital lives.

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Hank Barry Hank Barry ...  Himself
Benefit Benefit ...  Himself
Karlheinz Brandenburg Karlheinz Brandenburg ...  Himself
Edgar Bronfman Jr. ...  Himself
Joe Budden ...  Himself
Chuck D ...  Himself
Wendy Day Wendy Day ...  Herself
Zeds Dead Zeds Dead ...  Zeds Dead
Rick Dobbs Rick Dobbs ...  Himself
Open Mike Eagle Open Mike Eagle ...  Himself
Andreas Ehn Andreas Ehn ...  Himself
George Flanagan George Flanagan ...  Himself
Ramsey Jones Ramsey Jones ...  Himself
Bill Kelliher ...  Himself
Larry Kenswil Larry Kenswil ...  Himself
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Germany 1995, a PhD student makes a technological breakthrough when he discovers how to compress audio without losing sound quality. He calls his new file type an "MP3". Within just a few years, and with the help of a nascent tech community, illegal MP3s begin filling up the hard drives of millions of computers around the world. It's the beginning of our modern digital age and internet culture. Featuring interviews with infamous music executives, artists, and techies, System Shock chronicles how the MP3 crushed the music industry and gave rise to the billion-dollar sharing economy.

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USA

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English

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