Sunday, June 04, 2000

Napster's busy year

        June 1999 — Shawn Fanning, a 19-year-old student at Northeastern University in Boston, launches Napster, his faster, easier way to download music from the Internet. He christened it with his childhood nickname. The software, in a pre-release “beta” version, is free on the Web.

        December 1999 — The holiday gift of choice for tech-savvy kids is one of the new portable MP3 players.

        January 2000 — Napster begins its boom, as thousands of new members sign on daily, a growth spurt that continues to this day.

        April 2000 — Metallica sues Napster, which bans 335,000 members known to have downloaded Metallica songs. Within days, there is free software being offered on the Web with which those banned can sign back on.

        Summer 2000 — Mr. Fanning's scheduled release of his final version of Napster, including instant messaging functions.

Name that tune - Napster's got it
    Metallica-Napster flap is like a broken record
    My introduction to Napster
-     Napster's busy year
    What you need

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