By Jonathan Sterne
MP3s are items of compression, a technique that eliminates sounds not likely to be heard from recordings. even if media historical past is frequently characterised as a development towards larger definition, constancy, and truthfulness, MP3: The which means of a Format illuminates the an important position of compression within the improvement of recent media and sound tradition. Taking the heritage of compression as his element of departure, Jonathan Sterne investigates the relationships between sound, silence, experience, and noise; the commodity prestige of recorded sound and the commercial function of piracy; and the significance of criteria within the governance of our rising media tradition. He demonstrates that codecs, criteria, and infrastructures—and the necessity for content material to slot within them—are each piece as principal to verbal exchange because the bins we name "media."