How Aerosmith released the very first downloadable single

Back in 1994, there weren’t many places to stream or download music on the Internet. No Spotify, no iTunes, no Tidal, no Apple Music. No discussions about digital payments, no iPods, no unlimited musical buffets.

IUMA, the Internet Underground Music Archive, was launched last year in Santa Cruz, California. It gave unsigned and underground bands a platform to promote their music, but that was it. MP3.com wasn’t launched until 1997 and Vitaminic, a pan-European network of local language MP3 sites headquartered in Italy, didn’t go online until 1999.

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