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How Music Got Free

Posted 13 Jun 2024 • View CommentsSite

A documentary based on Stephen Witt's excellent book "How Music Got Free" has now been released and features interviews with many key players in the mp3 scene, particularly RNS.

Watch the trailer and stream the whole documentary on Paramount+.

Stephen's book is also a great read for anyone interested in the history of the scene, the inner-workings of groups such as RNS, and the arrests of 2009.

How Music Got Free

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A Recap of the MP3 Scene, From the RIAA2013 Ruleset

Posted 06 Aug 2014 • View CommentsHistory


The new RIAA Council (who have attempted to usurp the existing MP3 Council) issued a nice summary of the scene to date with the 2013 ruleset:


Dear MP3 scene,

For much too long have we been looked down upon as being thoroughly inconsistent alongside highly retarded in what are known as our releasing standards. Now time as finally come for us to bid farewell to our collective ruling inability and embrace what shall forever be known as the most brilliant polished set of MP3 scene rules to ever see the ...

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Observations From an Archivist

Posted 07 Sep 2013 • View CommentsHistory, Site

Since the inception of this site several years ago, we have become overly familiar with the idiosyncrasies of early scene releases. One particular observation is the disproportionate abundance of releases from 1999; far more than from 1998 and earlier.

Below is a breakdown of our release archive by years. It is also worth noting that many insignificant releases from 1999 have been intentionally excluded from our database in an attempt to somewhat 'curate' the content on offer. Without this filter, the number of releases from 1999 would be far greater ...

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Summer Update

Posted 10 Jun 2013 • View CommentsSite

This week we're proud to announce a range of significant upgrades and additional features to MP3 Scene.

The most significant is the new VIP scheme. With this, we aim to reward the contribution of particularly rare files, incentivising the ongoing support of the site. In conjunction with the launch of the scheme, we have also added several new sections to the site that are accessible to VIP's only. We don't want to spoil what all of these are but one is the official MP3 Scene Wiki, which ...

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Mergers and Splits Within the MP3 Scene Part 1

Posted 02 Sep 2012 • View CommentsHistory, Site

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Mergers and splits have always been commonplace within the warez scene; discontent members leaving one group to form another or release groups combining forces under a new name.

With the exponential increase of new release groups forming in 1998, keeping track of mergers/splits became a difficult job. As part of our ongoing archiving, we've been attempting to create an accurate document of these events in the form of a timeline.

This is still very much a work-in-progress and many minor groups are still missing, but think of this ...

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