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Napster- Join the Revolution
What is Napster?
By Russell Kibbee
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2000-07-17
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Winamp launched the first revolution by allowing people to make high quality compressed music files on home PCs. Napster is the next assault on the music revolution. No piece of software has caused so much anger and consternation with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) or so much happiness for music lovers. Lawsuits, claims, and counter-claims…it’s the Wild West of the music world, and you can get into the game. Just be sure you know the principles and issues involved, and you know what you are doing when you use this powerful tool.

Step 1: File sharing enabler
Napster is computer program, which allows for the sharing of files among many people. The program collects thousands of simultaneous users to one location, thus increasing the pool of files.

Step 2: How does this relate to music?
The files in question happen to be MP3 files, and the owners of that music (the record labels) are not happy about people sharing it.

Step 3: Is Napster a website?
You do not use the website when you use Napster. You only download the software from the website. Once the software is installed, you don’t even need to open a browser.

Step 4: Is Napster an FTP site?
Napster is not an FTP site in the strictest sense of the word, although files are transferred by the millions, it is done from computer to computer, not from a website to your computer.


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