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From Napster to Now, Winter Examines the Downloading Boom

Napster’s rise and fall and the ensuing decade of music piracy is at this point common knowledge but it is easy to forget that at the outset it was just a dozen college kids sitting in a crowded room, eating cold pizza, trying to keep the servers up. From the creators of peer to peer file sharing, the artists who suffered, the artists who benefited (an oft-overlooked group, and a huge one), or the people who created this seismic shift (the fans), with Downloaded, docu-helmer Alex Winter sharply stitches together a balanced, all encompassing view on the subject and its many assiduous voices.

One kid in his dorm room has the power to bring the music industry to its knees and forever re-shape the way we buy, access and listen to music. This much we know. What Napster’s creator »

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