“Working on a borrowed PC in his uncle’s Massachusetts office, sleeping in a nearby utility cupboard in order to conduct days-long programming sessions, Fanning had a finished product by the spring of 1999.”
“Music was something you bought after protracted debate with friends in the aisles of Our Price, and then, suddenly, songs were accessible from home. They didn’t cost anything.”
February 2001 was the peak moment of Napster’s history, though that wouldn’t be discovered until the whole thing crashed and burned later in July, when Napster shut down its entire network to comply with the injunction served by the courts.
“You can buy The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown, as an e-book for $9.99 at Amazon.com. Or you can don a pirate’s cap and snatch a free copy from another online user at RapidShare, Megaupload, Hotfile and other file-storage sites.” Will publishers suffer the piracy woes that have afflicted the music industry?
“So far, few consumers think books should be free – a fact that I attribute to the klugy Kindle and its affordable Amazon store. … But that could change in a matter of months if the book industry insists on 1) jacking up the price of e-books and 2) withholding potential best-sellers from the e-book market.”
“Napster has put itself up for sale and hired bankers to explore interest in the once notorious and now struggling music download service. Analysts have highlighted the service’s dwindling subscriber base and failure to turn a profit.”
“The role of a 21st-century publisher is making books available offline and on. Blurb.com, a self-publishing startup, will invite 600 bloggers this week to test out its new service by creating a free bound copy of their blog. It’s a fresh shot across the bow to traditional publishers in an industry already facing disruptive changes … Continue reading “From Screen To Book (How Long Till The Napster Of Publishing?)”
Napster creator Shawn Fanning is back, and he’s got a new plan for music. “He doesn’t simply want to impose fees for the same songs that are available through Apple’s iTunes and other stores. He wants to create an open system that would allow anyone with music to share – big labels and garage bands … Continue reading “Fulfilling The Promise Of Napster (Legally?)”
The file-sharing service known as Grokster has thrown in the towel in its battle against the recording industry, which has accused it of facilitating online piracy of copyrighted material. As part of the settlement, Grokster will halt distribution of its software entirely and pay $50 million in damages. It is also acknowledging on its website … Continue reading “Grokster Follows Napster Down The Path Of Legality”
Heavy-duty music downloaders say they’re no longer buying CDs. “Some 150,000 of Napster UK’s 750,000 members say they no longer buys CDs, the company has revealed. And Napster UK manager Leanne Sharman said it was “a matter of time” before downloading overtook high street shops as the most popular way to buy music.”