5 Years After Napster: How the Music Service Changed the Industry

By Alex Suskind “This system, what’s most interesting about it is, you’re interacting with peers, you’re exchanging information with a person down the street.” Shawn Fanning, Napster co-founder. “If we are going to sell our music on the Internet, in whatever way we so choose, we cannot do that if the guy next door is giving it away for free.” Lars Ulrich, Metallica drummer “Fuck Napster!” Dr. Dre Fifteen years ago, two teenagers revolutionized the way we share and listen to music. At the time, Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker were just amateur developers with a simple idea: an online platform where users could easily swap songs, no strings attached. They called it Napster. “Without ‘free music’ there would be no Metallica. We cannot wait for another entity like Napster to come along and prove people like Lars Ulrich to be the true hypocrites they are.” Read the full article here: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/06/15-years-after-napster-how-the-music-service-changed-the-industry.html

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