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Anthony Volodkin, 24, founder The Hype Machine
In a way, we don't really envy Anthony Volodkin at all. When the 24-year-old Russian immigrant started the website Hype Machine a few years ago, he probably had no idea he would wind up at the forefront of debates about the death of music criticism and the death of the music industry. But his site, which is an aggregator of the internet's best-known mp3 blogs, has put him in exactly that position. Why read a 1,000-word review when you can find an mp3 to listen to instead? Why buy a record when you can, um, find an mp3 to listen to instead? We might not always approve of how it makes people act, but man, do we wish we'd thought of it.