June 06, 2004

Napster

A week ago I installed the new version of Napster. As I am enough of a UK resident to be able to register and pay for it with a British address the install and configuration went smoothly. The time it took from one chose to download from the website until the first song was playing cheerfully from my laptop was maybe some 10 minutes.

The idea of Napster these days is something I have been waiting for for a long time; the opportunity to listen to music -- any music -- to a flat rate. Napster charges me GBP10 pr. month, which is definitively within what I am ready to pay for. Their library of music is decent, although it has some significant holes... artists like The Beatles, Paul McCartney, U2, Moby et. al. are not at all present. Most likely because they (and/or their record company) are too afraid of the new way of listening to music...

I believe the future of music is here... on demand... to a fixed rate. If you are a resident of the UK or the US go and try it out. The first week is free!

Posted by ludvig at June 6, 2004 12:05 AM | TrackBack
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What I'd like to know though is: US download $0.99, UK download 1.09. That's pushing towards twice as expensive. Is there any good reason for that price differentiation?

Posted by: napsterised at June 9, 2004 12:13 PM

Napster is a protocol for sharing files between users. With Napster, the files stay on the client machine, never passing through the server. The server provides the ability to search for particular files and initiate a direct transfer between the clients. In addition, chat forums similar to IRC are available. OpenNap extends the Napster protocol to allow sharing of any media type, and the ability to link servers together.

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