Suzanne has been referred to as the "Mother of the MP3" as it was her voice that was used as the model for Karlheinz Brandenburg's compression algorithm. From Business 2.0 Magazine:  
 
"To create MP3, Brandenburg had to appreciate how the human ear perceives sound. A key assist in this effort came from folk singer Suzanne Vega. I was ready to fine-tune my compression algorithm, Brandenburg recalls. Somewhere down the corridor a radio was playing [Vega s song] Tom s Diner. I was electrified. I knew it would be nearly impossible to compress this warm a capella voice.  
 
Site also has quite a few sample MP3s.
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glitch p-udding: nifty suzanne facts from this page:  
 
 
# Suzanne was the first artist on stage at the very first Lilith Fair  
# Suzanne's first gig was at Carnegie Hall with Pete Seeger at age 12  
# Performed with Grateful Dead in ’88  
# Christine Lavin's song, "Mysterious Woman" was written as a tribute and a good-natured parody of Suzanne.  
# Performed at Glastonbury in 1989 in a bulletproof vest.  
# The band "Bingo Hand Job" which recorded a track on "Toms Album" is actually REM.  
# Soul Coughing's record, "Ruby Vroom" named after Suzanne's daughter, Ruby.  
# Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls was quoted in a July 2000 AP interview as saying that the group's initial goal was "to get big enough to open for Suzanne Vega."
suzanne vega
glitch p-udding: nifty suzanne facts from this page:  
 
 
# Suzanne was the first artist on stage at the very first Lilith Fair  
# Suzanne's first gig was at Carnegie Hall with Pete Seeger at age 12  
# Performed with Grateful Dead in ’88  
# Christine Lavin's song, "Mysterious Woman" was written as a tribute and a good-natured parody of Suzanne.  
# Performed at Glastonbury in 1989 in a bulletproof vest.  
# The band "Bingo Hand Job" which recorded a track on "Toms Album" is actually REM.  
# Soul Coughing's record, "Ruby Vroom" named after Suzanne's daughter, Ruby.  
# Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls was quoted in a July 2000 AP interview as saying that the group's initial goal was "to get big enough to open for Suzanne Vega."  
 
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