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Not All Artists Hated Napster When It Launched

When Napster exploded onto the scene in 1999, not every musician responded by frothing at the mouth. In this exclusive clip from the Napster documentary Downloaded, you'll see that artists' reactions were as diverse as the music they make. Trent Reznor's smug braininess meets multiple Spice Girls and everybody walks… » 6/27/13 11:57am 6/27/13 11:57am

How Napster Brought the Recording Industry to Its Knees

Just over thirteen years ago, a novel file sharing service called Napster sent the recording industry into a tizzy. Suddenly nobody had to pay for music anymore thanks to the Internet. Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker pretty much single-handedly spearheaded the file-sharing revolution that the… » 12/10/12 10:47am 12/10/12 10:47am

Airtime Is Just Chatroulette Without the Dicks

Airtime is a new startup by Sean Parker and Shawn Fanning (of Napster fame) that recycles an old idea: Chatroulette. Yep, that random video chatting dickfest invented by some Russian teenager has seemingly been redressed in tailored suits and landscaped beards and is totally going to change the world. Joke. It's… » 6/05/12 12:56pm 6/05/12 12:56pm

Best Buy Purchases Napster for $121 Million, Hopes People Remember When…

Hey guys, remember when Napster was relevant? You know, when it was the first peer-to-peer program and it changed the internet and music industry forever? Then, later, remember when it was turned into a pay service hoping to piggyback on the popularity of the brand? And everyone just moved on to Kazaa or Limewire or… » 9/15/08 10:45am 9/15/08 10:45am

RIAA Wants to Cut Artist Royalties to 9%, Apple Wants Them at 4%,…

The RIAA always claims that its looking out for the livelihood of artists when it sues the hell out of alleged pirates, but in reality it's really fighting to keep record industry executives rich by defending an outdated and unsustainable business model. While before the PR team at least made an attempt to make it… » 2/05/08 11:00am 2/05/08 11:00am

Samsung SLM A747, First With Napster Service, Reviewed

The Gadget:The A747 is also the first AT&T handset to support the newly launched Napster Mobile service (AT&Ts answer to Verizon's V Cast Music and the Sprint Music Store), allowing over the air downloads of MP3s, ringtones and wallpapers on AT&T's 3G network. You can purchase MP3s one at a time for $1.99 or five at a… » 11/19/07 10:50am 11/19/07 10:50am

AT&T Sells Napster Songs Over the Air For $2 Each

AT&T, which already sells eMusic songs over the air, will now be selling Napster downloads as well, at $1.99 per track or $7.49 for a bundle o' five. With an average cost of $1.50, that's still 50 cents higher than the going online rate of 99 cents, where Sprint now prices its OTA download tracks. (Verizon is still… » 10/22/07 8:14am 10/22/07 8:14am