For most, the term "revolutionary" conjures up an image of a slightly portly man, wearing fatigues, and chomping on a (you guessed it!) Cuban cigar. Not so. At least not in the digital age. There is a revolution under foot, and its called the MP3 revolution, and there is a book out now you might call "the bible of MP3 music". "The Complete Idiot's Guide to MP3: Music on the Internet" is a comprehensive book that does not overload the reader with unnecessary technicalities (although it points the reader in the right direction if s/he were so inclined) and should be a very useful resource for those music artists who are now thinking about getting into the MP3 game. What knowledge I have learned in driblets here and there throughout the last year and beyond is all collected within this book. It seems there is very little one needs to know in order to get involved in the MP3 revolution (you don't even have to risk your life for THIS cause), which should come as a relief to those music artists who are otherwise occupied with perhaps weightier causes (like the "rent" cause).
The book is heavily biased (and justifiably so) toward MP3.com; this should come as no surprise as Rod Underhill, one of the authors, is the Director of Music for MP3.com. MP3 and MP3.com are changing the way people are accessing music, and it may give music artists more leverage, and hence more financial returns, in the future.
I enjoyed the MP3 selections included on the compilation CD provided with the book, particularly the selection, "I Will Love You", by Fishe. I am also pleased to say that one of my own compositions, "Elegy: Adagio for Strings", was chosen to be included amongst the works of the 70 or so talented international MP3 musicians and composers.
I enjoyed the book very much; it was useful, informative, and it read well (and quickly). If you haven't yet gotten involved in the MP3 revolution, buy the book: it can help you understand the revolution, why it happened, and it will show you how you too can become one of the MP3 revolutionaries. Enjoy!