[video] Downloaded :The Story of Napster (Trailer)

This is a definite must see if you have downloaded any sort of music, movies, or software through peer to peer networks. Napster is one word was awesome. I remember when I discovered it and found a treasure trove of gems from hip hop artists that I couldn’t find anywhere else. It was the lifeblood of the new internet age, and by the looks of this trailer changed the music and movie business amongst many others forever. Whether you feel this was a great discovery or feel it was ripping off artists, you cannot deny the importance of Napster and Shawn Fanning.


A Quick Look At The New $5 Napster


What Do You Think Of The New Napster?

I’ve spent some time on the new Napster service over the last few days, and aside from a less than intuitive interface, I can’t find much to dislike.  At just $5 a month for unlimited streaming of a deep catalog along with 5 mp3’s monthly, the service is effectively free.  And if I’m in Napster previewing a track or album (and since they’ve already got my credit card), why not just buy it there instead of jumping over to Amazon or iTunes?

Reports are that Napster got a special deal on streaming licenses from the labels…

in part because they tied listening so closely to purchase. There is probably no one size fits all model that will dominate the digital music future. Many (myself included) love Spotify both for its model and an iTunes like interface. But imeem, Pandora, Last.fm and others also each approach music discovery and enjoyment from their own intriguing angles. 

I suspect that there’s an audience for the new $5 model, paticularly for those comfortable with the Napster and parent Best Buy brands.

source: HypeBot

Napster founder Shawn Fanning’s newest brainchild

via LA Times

Mention the name Shawn Fanning, and most people still picture a kid in his dorm room at Northeastern University in Boston, cooking up Napster, a file-sharing website that let users trade songs for free and triggered a financial tsunami in the music industry.shawnfanningtime_qjpreviewth

Fanning, now 28 and living in San Francisco, is not only long out of college, but he’s also moved on to his third company, Rupture. (His second one, music licensing company Snocap, was sold in April 2008 to Imeem Inc., a social networking site.)

This third venture is related to one of Fanning’s personal passions: games.

Pick any year between 2009 and 1989, when he played his first game, the Legend of Zelda on the Nintendo Entertainment System console, and Fanning will tick off a list of hot titles for that year. Most people mark their lives by major events; Fanning marks his by the releases of new games.

He started Rupture in 2006 to help gamers find out what their friends are playing and connect. He sold Rupture in June to video game publisher Electronic Arts Inc. for $30 million. But Fanning remained at the San Francisco start-up to see his newest brainchild through to launch, which is expected this summer.

Fanning this week gave The Times a sneak peek into the service, as well as shared his thoughts on games and, of course, music. Continue reading

RIAA finds its soul, will stop suing individuals downloading music

Who is the bonehead that actually thought suing individuals would stop downloading? Instead of finding ways to bring the consumer better options they decided to basically sue people with little money. RIAA fail.

via Engadget

var digg_url = ‘http://digg.com/tech_news/RIAA_To_Stop_Suing_Individuals’; When you retard fair use with pointless DRM and then sue anonymous children for illegally downloading music while ignoring those of the execs at the top of the music industry, well, you’re asking for a public relations nightmare. Now, with more than 35,000 lawsuits to its credit, the RIAA says it will finally end the legal assault against consumers that began back in 2003. The Recording Industry Association of America will instead, focus its anti-piracy efforts with ISPs. Under the new plan, the RIAA will contact ISPs when illegal uploading is detected. The ISP will then contact the customer with a notice that would ultimately be followed by a reduction or cessation of service. As you’d expect, the RIAA is not commenting on which ISPs they are in cahoots with. The RIAA also says that it won’t require ISPs to reveal the identities of individuals but could, of course, go after individuals who are heavy uploaders or repeat offenders. For the moment though, it appears that single-mothers are in the clear.

Napster Launches MP3 Store, Battles iTunes for Throne

napster vs iTunes

via NY Times

Napster Inc., the digital music service, on Tuesday opened the world’s biggest MP3 download store with more than 6 million songs in a direct challenge to Apple Inc’s iTunes store.

The new Web-based music store will have digital songs from all major music labels as well as thousands of independent labels. The MP3-format songs will be compatible with the vast majority of digital media devices and mobile phones including Apple’s popular iPod as well as its iPhone.

Before now Napster has focused on selling all-you-can-eat monthly streaming music subscription packages but has struggled to win over the majority of fans who want to be able to transfer songs they like on to a portable device such as the market-leading iPod.

The new Napster service tries to take on Apple’s dominance in digital music by offering fans more songs without copy protection or digital rights management (DRM). Most of the six million songs on the iTunes Music store are available with Fairplay DRM, which prevents the songs from being played on most portable players other than the iPod.
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All 9 Labels Form Like Voltron To Crush PlayList.com


All nine major music labels came together on one accord to make a move to shut down a site they claim is nothing more than a copyright infringer. The labels which include Warner Music Group Corp’s Atlantic Recording Corp, Elektra Entertainment Group Inc and Warner Bros. Records Inc; EMI Group Plc’s Capitol Records LLC, Priority Records LLC and Virgin Records America Inc; and the Interscope Records, Motown Record Co LP and UMG Recordings Inc labels of Vivendi SA’s Universal Music Group are alleging that Project Playlist (www.projectplaylist.com) amounts to nothing more than a clearinghouse for music piracy. They claim the service allows users to “easily find, play and share music with others for free, according to the suit filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.”

The website compiles a vast index of songs on the Internet and users can “quickly and easily search the index for recordings by their favorite artists. At the click of a mouse, Project Playlist instantly streams a digital performance of the selected recording to the user, who can listen to it on his or her computer or mobile device,” the lawsuit said.

The labels are looking to shut the site down a la Napster style and seek unspecified monetary relief.
Most disturbing to the labels is that this site was on the brink of advancing its technology and getting music to listeners quicker than the labels have been able to. Downloadable to mobile devices and embeddable on Facebook and Myspace, Playlist.com was expanding its aim to share free music with its users. CLICK [HERE] for full details.

Artists Want Slice of P2P Lawsuit Dough


 After the dust has settled on massive lawsuits targeting P2P sites such as Kazaa, settlements estimated to be in the 400 million range, none of it has been handed out to the artists who these lawsuits were supposed to protect. Now lawyers are asking big questions about where the money is and seem to be getting the runaround from the labels (as if the labels holding money from artists is something new). More at Torrent Freak