J une , and the music industry is rolling in cash. Fanning met an ambitious teen, Sean Parker, on the webchat channel w00w00, and together they triggered a series of events that brought the record business to its knees by making music discovery instant — but payment optional. It was not the first service of its kind, but it was the one that went viral. Four months after its June launch, , people had signed up. By February , it peaked at a verified From the earliest days, it was built as a business.
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Oversharing: how Napster nearly killed the music industry | Music | The Guardian
Magazine article Insight on the News. Napster, led by a teen-age whiz kid, has unleashed a revolution in the music industry with its MP3 file-sharing technology, as record companies promote a new style of pop idol to youth. A little computer program called Napster revolutionized the music industry last year and things don't look too different for One year ago, year-old Shawn Fanning was a freshman computer geek at Northeastern University in Boston.
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In , a teenage, baseball-capped Sean Parker, future billionaire Facebook investor, told journalists that one day "everyone will be listening to music on their cellphones. Downloaded, the story of music-file sharing service Napster, is full of prophetic moments like this, where the company founders, Parker and Shawn Fanning, are already glimpsing a future where fans are streaming music across multiple devices, even as everyone else is popping down to the Virgin Megastore to buy the Spice Girls' CD. The two-hour documentary had its world premiere at the SXSW music and film festival in Texas, attended by the two Napster founders and the film's director, Alex Winter. But since then he has done very little apart from direct a handful of TV series.
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