In the 1930s, robots were killing the music industry

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[excerpt] We’ve all heard that the Internet is killing the music industry, just like home taping was supposed to kill it before. As it turns out, accusations that technology would destroy music go all the way back to the 1930s, when musicians claimed tyrannical robots would churn out soulless music.Synchronized sound may have been a wonder to theater audiences who saw 1927′ The Jazz Singer, but to some musicians, it signalled the death knell of live performances. In 1930, the American Federation of Musicians formed the Music Defense League, which launched a $500,000 ad campaign, asking the public to petition for live musicians in lieu of “canned” prerecorded music. The ads featured robots playing instruments, accompanied by claims that soulless machines would destroy the emotional art of music. […]  


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