You're on it!
An overview on the inner workings of the MP3 and what makes it superior to older formats
An abbreviated history on how the MP3 came to be and its impact on the Internet so far
A look at some of the commotion that MP3s have caused in the courtrooms with the recording industry
A quick way to get into the world of digital music through MP3s
Some other documents you may want to check out to learn some more about MP3s
A quick biography of Jack Karlis
The future is here...

by Jack Karlis


As a society, it seems like America always looks for the quickest, cheapest, easiest and fastest way around a problem. As our society continues to grow in this digital revolution, we have progressed from our Tandy calculators to the Internet. Our music or sound enjoyment has also endured a bit of a renaissance. Now in this new millennium, we are leaving the phonographs, eight tracks, cassettes and even our beloved CDs behind. Enter the MP3.


What is the MP3? Is it R2D2ís replacement in George Lucasí next installment of the Star Wars saga? No, but it is causing more commotion than any motion picture ever could. It threatens to rock the foundations of the recording industry, legal system and the way we get our listening enjoyment. It will be soon become the subject of casual conversation around the water cooler.


This guide is designed to help you discover what an MP3 actually is, how it works, the legal risks involved with this new format, what to look for when shopping and to get in on this latest craze. Hereís an index of the sections:


MP What?: An overview on the inner workings of the MP3 and what makes it superior to older formats.

History: An abbreviated history on how the MP3 came to be and its impact on the Internet so far.

Legal Matters: A look at some of the commotion that MP3s have caused in the courtrooms with the recording industry.

Getting Started: A quick way to get into the world of digital music through MP3s.

References: Some other documents you may want to check out to learn some more about MP3s.

About the author: A quick biography of Jack Karlis.