Digital Music Pioneer Dies in Car Crash

If you were dabbling in music and the Internet back in the 90s and early 2000s, you might remember Liquid Audio, a software company that developed a standard that they hoped would be adopted by the industry in the coming digital boom.

It was a good try, but then along came RealAudio, Windows Media Player and, of course, the now-ubiquitous MP3.  They probably should of sold out to a struggling company called “Apple” when the offer came.  But the offer was for a paltry $100 million.  “Too little,” they said.

Gerald Kearby was a co-founder of Liquid Audio. Before helping to form the company in 1996, he was a musician (a drummer) and designed audio systems for both the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.

Kearby died Monday in a single-vehicle accident in rural California.

Read more here and here.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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