Did Napster Pave The Way For Music Streaming?


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After the invention of Napster, many knew it was the finish for all of the gold rush record organizations that had appreciated the age of the CD; and because of it, it has changed how music is devoured and even composed forever.

Shawn Fanning, a PC hacker who had worked out an approach to share music, all at the age of 19; created an invention that used a framework. Together, Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning found a way to share music to the public without a cost. This allowed digital users download music files without having to purchase a CD release.

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To have gotten free music, you needed to first download the program of Napster. You then additionally needed to check the registry to see if the song files you were looking to get were available, and if they were, you were able to download a copy from another Napster user in the format of an MP3. This also had allow hackers to abuse Napster and take advantage of the platform; cases were users download computer viruses that were in the name of a popular song people were looking to download.

Image: Shawn Fanning, Napster's founder, making a statement during a press conference in 2001.

CD's had become a massively famous industry with nearly one billion sold in the US by the year of 2000. Back in the year of 1990, it brought forth numerous exemplary record sales. While Napster was also part in the end of the era of CD's, it was also the start to the new digital.

A&M Records was the first to document the main claim against Napster, it was a band's crusade that caught the open consideration. Metallica indicted Napster in the wake of finding an elective blend to their songs. On April of 2000, Metallica documented a claim against Napster for copyright encroachment, racketeering and unlawful utilization of illegal downloads in court.

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It an article post made by Ultimate Classic Rock, Metallica did some digging, and had nasty taste for Napster. "The backlash was immediate and severe against Metallica, perhaps because to bolster their case, the band tracked down 335,000-plus usernames of people they alleged downloaded their music illegally and asked Napster to block them. (The company complied.) As a result, the lawsuit started being seen as a personal attack against fans or a greedy move, not a matter of principle or a disagreement between businesses."

"According to Rolling Stone, the suit charged the entities with ["copyright infringements, unlawful use of digital audio interface device and violations of the Racketeering Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)."] The remuneration sought? $100,000 per copyright violation. In a press release (portions of which were quoted by Rolling Stone), Ulrich clarified why the band decided to mount a legal challenge. ["With each project, we go through a grueling creative process to achieve music that we feel is representative of Metallica at that very moment in our lives. We take our craft - whether it be the music, the lyrics, or the photos and artwork - very seriously, as do most artists. It is therefore sickening to know that our art is being traded like a commodity rather than the art that it is."]"

Ultimate Classic Rock continued to say, "The online music company August Nelson set up a website called PayLars.com that MTV reported let fans ["'donate' $1 for each officially released Metallica song, to 'make up for all the revenue the band thinks it’s losing to online MP3 trading.'"] Aspiring animator/filmmaker Bob Cesca also got in the act, producing several videos, mocking the lawsuit and the band members, and creating an anti-Metallica short called ["Metalligreed"] for Motley Crue."

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Napster was the start, however; in no way, shape or form the finish of the advanced upheaval. Napster soon closed down its servers in July, 2001. They later revived in September that year, in the wake of paying $26 million towards past and upcoming music royalties. It was at that point attempted to transform the administration into a membership model, yet the bait of free music was excessively.

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BBC announced, "What Napster did more than anything, Knopper says, was to correctly identify that the future of music was online, and not in racks of metal and plastic. ["While it was active, Napster anticipated what eventually came to pass - a combination of Apple/iTunes, YouTube, Spotify and social media, all of which dominate how we discover and consume music today, he says. “The music industry eventually figured out how to profit from these things, but it took some 10 or 15 years. That lengthy waiting period almost destroyed the business, until streaming came to the rescue years later.”]"

"Napster, weighed down with legal bills, struggled to survive; in June 2002 it filed for bankruptcy and its assets were later liquidated. The Napster name was eventually taken by music provider Rhapsody, who now trade internationally under the Napster name. But in its wake came YouTube, iTunes and Spotify, digital-only environments that changed the way we consumed music. Importantly, all of them - either through subscription, adverts or licensing - deliver money back to the music labels. The industry’s revenue is rising again, but it’s still around half of its 1999 peak."

Today, Napster has adjusted to the digital streaming era. Being owned by the parent organization company of Rhapsody International, Inc, Napster gives the famous headline title to it's streaming service stating "Rhapsody is now Napster. Same digital music service. 100% legal. Stream the music you want and download your favorite songs to listen offline." While this may allow many old Napster users being able to reminiscence the year of free music downloads, digital music fans are left to the option of music streaming services by paying subscription based plans to listen to music digitally on the web, and apps on the go.

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