“Music Researchers Could Swap Records Over The Net With ‘Essentially Perfect Fidelity'”

From Stewart Brand’s prophetic December 7, 1972 “Spacewar” article in Rolling Stone, about the potential ramifications of the Internet:

One popular new feature on the Net is AI’s Associated Press service. From anywhere on the Net you can log in and get the news that’s coming live over the wire or ask for all the items on a particular subject that have come in during the last 24 hours. Project that to household terminals, and so much for newspapers (in present form). Since huge quantities of information can be computer-digitalized and transmitted, music researchers could, for example, swap records over the Net with ‘essentially perfect fidelity.’ So much for record stores (in present form).•