The Man Who Destroyed The Music Industry

Every thriving industry in the market is at some point rocked by controversy and tested by trying times. Ask the guys at HomeUnion, they are sure to know the facts behind the downturn in real estate investing and they will also give you sound advice on how to maneuver your real estate portfolio. The music industry is not exempted from challenging times. The real estate industry as well is hard pressed these days. It is trying to get out of the struggle of low interest rates and break free from a frozen market.

Going back to the controversy that rocked the music industry is the story about Dell Glover. This name never made music nor occupied an important position in the music industry, never had a gig and never did anything that people in the music business do.

A New Yorker piece written by one named Stephen Witt outlines the story behind How Music Got Free. The book centers on three characters: Karlheinz Bradenburg, the German who is a critical figure behind the invention of the MP3, Glover and Doug Morris, the executive who launched Universal to become the most powerful music label worldwide.

Among the three characters, Glover’s story is the most intriguing and compelling. Who is he and why is he part of the music industry’s history? He changed the face of music and he did this by becoming an employee at the CD pressing plant of Universal at Kings Mountain, North Carolina. He then became a prominent member of the Rabid Neurosis (RNS), a file sharing group. From the year 2001, Glover was the world’s number one leaker of pre-released music.

With Glover’s unlimited access to music at Universal, he was able to hand over albums to his file sharing group (RNS) weeks before the albums were released. For over 11 years, RNS leaked more than 20,000 albums to the public.
What is more fascinating about RNS and Glover is that they were not after making money at all. The group just wanted to be the first one to release the music to the world. They said that they were not pirates and were not after financial gain.