Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A Scholarly Reason for Playing on Napster

We have group projects in our Marketing class this semester and our product we're working on is Napster. So, that means for homework I get to go online and play on Napster and see what they are all about!! I've never been big into downloading music...I don't even own an MP3 player - yes, I'm behind the times. Although, my pda does hold MP3's, but I don't really qualify that as an MP3 player.

For the part of the project I'm working on now I need to find out how the original Napster operated and then what exactly happened that caused them to shut down. What were they doing that was illegal or angered artists like Metallica and Dr. Dre and brought on law suits? I don't know if I'll be able to tell from today's Napster exactly how they used to operate, but I figure it cannot be THAT far off from the original. I know they had to make some changes to get around their legal issues, but the basic concept is still the same: Logon on & download music!

Have any insight for me on the subject?????

6 comments:

  1. This might help - http://computer.howstuffworks.com/napster.htm

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  2. http://computer.howstuffworks.com/napster.htm

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  3. You have to pay now, that's the only difference to me. We had Napster way back when you didn't have to pay, but you know we're cheap so that ended that. haha


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  4. Do you still download from other people's computers? Because back in the day, it was all about file sharing. Basically, if you were logged on and I was logged on, and you had a song that I wanted, I could download it from your machine. Like one server talking to another, over this great beautiful thing. It was great, because that is how I got all of mY Judy's music! (They are an old '80s group, and you can't buy their stuff.) Now you have to pay, and I'm sure it is a lot more like iTunes, where you are downloading from a company, not your peers.

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