During the holiday season, SonicNet Music News is featuring a "Best of '99" series. During this time, we look back at some of the year's best stories, chosen by our writers and editors. The "Best of '99" features one of 16 categories each day through Jan. 2. In this installment, we remember the biggest events in the digital music revolution.
Of all the changes in the music world this year, the most drastic took place in the digital arena. When dawn broke on 1999, MP3 was a format used by relatively unknown musicians to post music on the Internet. Now, as the year draws to an end, few are the major artists whose music you cannot find on the Net, and MP3 has become a virtual household word. 1999 saw major efforts from SDMI to copy-protect digital music, big court victories for portable MP3 players and serious ramifications for those who abused the format.
Click on the stories below to read about the highlights of the digital music revolution, or read the stories directly from the front page of SonicNet Music News.
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Previously in the "Best of '99" series: