The tech titans couldn’t have built their empires without songs—and now they are destroying the cultural ecosystem that made them rich
Songs created Silicon Valley. Without music, it wouldn’t exist.
In each key area of technology—semiconductors, storage, handheld devices, video displays, test equipment, etc.—funds to launch and grow the tech titans came from the entertainment industry, and especially the music business. Hollywood studios and record labels would dominate high tech today if they had simply brought R&D in-house instead of sending so much cash to Northern California.