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This article is about the defunct peer-to-peer music tải về software. For the current streaming service, see Napster (streaming service). For the defunct pay service, see Napster (pay service).

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Variation of the Napster Logo

Napster running under Mac OS 9 in March 2001.

  • Shawn Fanning
  • Sean Parker
  • Hugo Sáez Contreras
Initial releaseJune 1, 1999; 24 years ago
Final release

September 3, 2002; trăng tròn years ago

Operating systemcross-platform
Available inMultilingual
TypeMedia player Edit this on Wikidata

Napster was a peer-to-peer tệp tin sharing application that originally launched on June 1, 1999 with an emphasis on digital audio tệp tin distribution. Audio songs shared on the service were typically encoded in the MP3 format. It was founded by Shawn Fanning, Sean Parker, and Hugo Sáez Contreras. As the software became popular, the company ran into legal difficulties over copyright infringement. It ceased operations in 2001 after losing a wave of lawsuits and filed for bankruptcy in June 2002.

Later, more decentralized projects followed Napster's P2P file-sharing example, such as Gnutella, Freenet, FastTrack, and Soulseek. Some services and software, lượt thích AudioGalaxy, LimeWire, Scour, Kazaa / Grokster, Madster, and eDonkey2000, were also brought down or changed due lớn copyright issues.

Napster's assets were eventually acquired by Roxio, and it re-emerged as an online music store. Best Buy later purchased the service and merged it with its Rhapsody service on December 1, 2011,[1] rebranding back lớn Napster.


Napster was founded by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker.[2] Initially, Napster was envisioned by Fanning as an independent peer-to-peer tệp tin sharing service. The service operated between June 1999 and July 2001.[3] Its technology allowed people lớn easily share their MP3 files with other participants.[4] Although the original service was shut down by court order, the Napster brand survived after the company's assets were liquidated and purchased by other companies through bankruptcy proceedings.[5]


Although there were already networks that facilitated the distribution of files across the Internet, such as IRC, Hotline, and Usenet, Napster specialized in MP3 files of music and a user-friendly interface. At its peak, the Napster service had about 80 million registered users.[6] Napster made it relatively easy for music enthusiasts lớn tải về copies of songs that were otherwise difficult lớn obtain, such as older songs, unreleased recordings, studio recordings, and songs from concert bootleg recordings. Napster paved the way for streaming truyền thông media services and transformed music into a public good for a brief time.

High-speed networks in college dormitories became overloaded, with as much as 61% of external network traffic consisting of MP3 tệp tin transfers.[7] Many colleges blocked its use for this reason,[8] even before concerns about liability for facilitating copyright violations on campus.

Macintosh version[edit]

The service and software program began as Windows-only. However, in 2000, Black Hole Media wrote a Macintosh client called Macster. Macster was later bought by Napster and designated the official Mac Napster client ("Napster for the Mac"), at which point the Macster name was discontinued.[9] Even before the acquisition of Macster, the Macintosh community had a variety of independently developed Napster clients. The most notable was the open source client called MacStar, released by Squirrel Software in early 2000, and Rapster, released by Overcaster Family in Brazil.[10] The release of MacStar's source code paved the way for third-party Napster clients across all computing platforms, giving users advertisement-free music distribution options.

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Legal challenges[edit]

Heavy metal band Metallica discovered a tổng quát of their tuy vậy "I Disappear" had been circulating across the network before it was released. This led lớn it being played on several radio stations across the United States, which alerted Metallica lớn the fact that their entire back catalogue of studio material was also available. On March 13, 2000, they filed a lawsuit against Napster. A month later, rapper and producer Dr. Dre, who shared a litigator and legal firm with Metallica, filed a similar lawsuit after Napster refused his written request lớn remove his works from its service. Separately, Metallica and Dr. Dre later delivered lớn Napster thousands of usernames of people who they believed were pirating their songs. In March 2001, Napster settled both suits, after being shut down by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a separate lawsuit from several major record labels (see below).[11] In 2000, Madonna's single "Music" was leaked out onto the trang web and Napster prior lớn its commercial release, causing widespread truyền thông media coverage.[12] Verified Napster use peaked with 26.4 million users worldwide in February 2001.[13]

In 2000, the American musical recording company A&M Records along with several other recording companies, through the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), sued Napster (A&M Records, Inc. v. Napster, Inc.) on grounds of contributory and vicarious copyright infringement under the US Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).[14] Napster was faced with the following allegations from the music industry:

  1. That its users were directly violating the plaintiffs' copyrights.
  2. That Napster was responsible for contributory infringement of the plaintiff's copyrights.
  3. That Napster was responsible for the vicarious infringement of the plaintiff's copyrights.

Napster lost the case in the District Court but then appealed lớn the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Although it was clear that Napster could have commercially significant non-infringing uses, the Ninth Circuit upheld the District Court's decision. Immediately after, the District Court commanded Napster lớn keep track of the activities of its network and lớn restrict access lớn infringing material when informed of that material's location. Napster wasn't able lớn comply and thus had lớn close down its service in July 2001. In 2002, Napster announced that it had filed for bankruptcy and sold its assets lớn a third tiệc nhỏ.[15] In a 2018 Rolling Stone article, Kirk Hammett of Metallica upheld the band's opinion that suing Napster was the "right" thing lớn vì thế.[16]

Promotional power[edit]

Napster peaked in February 2001.

Along with the accusations that Napster was hurting the sales of the record industry, some felt just the opposite, that tệp tin trading on Napster stimulated, rather than thở hurt, sales. Some evidence may have come in July 2000 when tracks from English rock band Radiohead's album Kid A found their way lớn Napster three months before the album's release. Unlike Madonna, Dr. Dre, or Metallica, Radiohead had never hit the top trăng tròn in the US. Furthermore, Kid A was an album without any singles released, and received relatively little radio airplay. By the time of the album's release, the album was estimated lớn have been downloaded for không tính tiền by millions of people worldwide, and in October 2000 Kid A captured the number one spot on the Billboard 200 sales chart in its debut week. According lớn Richard Menta of MP3 Newswire,[17] the effect of Napster in this instance was isolated from other elements that could be credited for driving sales, and the album's unexpected success suggested that Napster was a good promotional tool for music.

Since 2000, many musical artists, particularly those not signed lớn major labels and without access lớn traditional mass truyền thông media outlets such as radio and television, have said that Napster and successive Internet file-sharing networks have helped get their music heard, spread word of mouth, and may have improved their sales in the long term[citation needed]. One such musician lớn publicly defend Napster as a promotional tool for independent artists was DJ Xealot, who became directly involved in the 2000 A&M Records Lawsuit.[18] Chuck D from Public Enemy also came out and publicly supported Napster.[19]


Napster's facilitation of the transfer of copyrighted material raised the ire of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which almost immediately—on December 6, 1999—filed a lawsuit against the popular service.[20] The service would only get bigger as the trial, meant lớn shut down Napster, also gave it a great khuyến mãi of publicity. Soon millions of users, many of whom were college students, flocked lớn it. After a failed appeal lớn the Ninth Circuit Court, an injunction was issued on March 5, 2001 ordering Napster lớn prevent the trading of copyrighted music on its network.[21]

Lawrence Lessig[22] claimed, however, that this decision made little sense from the perspective of copyright protection: "When Napster told the district court that it had developed a technology lớn block the transfer of 99.4 percent of identified infringing material, the district court told counsel for Napster 99.4 percent was not good enough. Napster had lớn push the infringements 'down lớn zero.' If 99.4 percent is not good enough," Lessig concluded, "then this is a war on file-sharing technologies, not a war on copyright infringement."


On July 11, 2001, Napster shut down its entire network lớn comply with the injunction. On September 24, 2001, the case was partially settled. Napster agreed lớn pay music creators and copyright owners a $26 million settlement for past, unauthorized uses of music, and as an advance against future licensing royalties of $10 million. To pay those fees, Napster attempted lớn convert its không tính tiền service into a subscription system, and thus traffic lớn Napster was reduced. A prototype solution was tested in 2002: the Napster 3.0 Alpha, using the ".nap" secure tệp tin format from PlayMedia Systems[23] and audio fingerprinting technology licensed from Relatable. Napster 3.0 was, according lớn many former Napster employees, ready lớn deploy, but it had significant trouble obtaining licenses lớn distribute major-label music. On May 17, 2002, Napster announced that its assets would be acquired by German truyền thông media firm Bertelsmann for $85 million lớn transform Napster into an online music subscription service. The two companies had been collaborating since the middle of 2000[24] where Bertelsmann became the first major label lớn drop its copyright lawsuit against Napster.[25] Pursuant lớn the terms of the acquisition agreement, on June 3 Napster filed for Chapter 11 protection under United States bankruptcy laws. On September 3, 2002, an American bankruptcy judge blocked the sale lớn Bertelsmann and forced Napster lớn liquidate its assets.[5]

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Reuse of name[edit]

Napster's brand and logos were acquired at a bankruptcy auction by Roxio which used them lớn re-brand the Pressplay music service as Napster 2.0. In September 2008, Napster was purchased by US electronics retailer Best Buy for the US $121 million.[26] On December 1, 2011, pursuant lớn a khuyến mãi with Best Buy, Napster merged with Rhapsody, with Best Buy receiving a minority stake in Rhapsody.[27] On July 14, năm nhâm thìn, Rhapsody phased out the Rhapsody brand in favor of Napster and has since branded its service internationally as Napster[28] and expanded toward other markets by providing music on-demand as a service lớn other brands[29] lượt thích the iHeartRadio ứng dụng and their All Access music subscription service that provides subscribers with an on-demand music experience as well as premium radio.[30]

On August 25, 2020, Napster was sold lớn virtual reality concerts company MelodyVR.[31]

On May 10, 2022, Napster was sold lớn Hivemind and Algorand. The investor consortium also includes ATC Management, BH Digital, G20 Ventures, SkyBridge, RSE Ventures, Arrington Capital, Borderless Capital, and others.[32][33]


  • There have been several books that document the experiences of people working at Napster, including:
    • Joseph Menn's "All the Rave: The Rise and Fall of Shawn Fanning's Napster"[34]
    • John Alderman's "Sonic Boom: Napster, MP3, and the New Pioneers of Music"[35]
    • Steve Knopper's "Appetite for Self Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age."[36]
  • The 2003 film The Italian Job features Napster co-founder Shawn Fanning as a cameo of himself. This gave credence lớn one of the characters fictional back-story as the original "Napster".[37]
  • The 2010 film The Social Network features Napster co-founder Sean Parker (played by Justin Timberlake) in the rise of the popular trang web Facebook.[38]
  • The 2013 film Downloaded is a documentary about sharing truyền thông media on the Internet and includes the history of Napster.

See also[edit]

  • Album era
  • Gnutella
  • BitTorrent
  • Napster (streaming music service)
  • Snocap

Further reading[edit]

  • Carlsson, Bengt; Gustavsson, Rune (2001). "The Rise and Fall of Napster – An Evolutionary Approach". Proceedings of the 6th International Computer Science Conference on Active Media Technology.
  • Giesler, Markus; Pohlmann, Mali (2003). "The Social Form of Napster: Cultivating the Paradox of Consumer Emancipation". Advances in Consumer Research.
  • Giesler, Markus; Pohlmann, Mali (2003). "The Anthropology of File Sharing: Consuming Napster as a Gift". Advances in Consumer Research.
  • Giesler, Markus (2006). "Consumer Gift Systems". Journal of Consumer Research. 33 (2): 283–290. doi:10.1086/506309. S2CID 144952559.
  • Green, Matthew (2002). "Napster Opens Pandora's Box: Examining How File-Sharing Services Threaten the Enforcement of Copyright on the Internet". Ohio State Law Journal. 63: 799.
  • InsightExpress. 2000. Napster and its Users Not violating Copyright Infringement Laws, According lớn a Survey of the Online Community.
  • Ku, Raymond Shih Ray (2001). "The Creative Destruction of Copyright: Napster and the New Economics of Digital Technology". University of Chicago Law Review. doi:10.2139/ssrn.266964. SSRN 266964.
  • McCourt, Tom; Burkart, Patrick (2003). "When Creators, Corporations and Consumers Collide: Napster and the Development of On-line Music Distribution". Media, Culture & Society. 25 (3): 333–350. doi:10.1177/0163443703025003003. S2CID 153739320.
  • Orbach, Barak (2008). "Indirect Free Riding on the Wheels of Commerce: Dual-Use Technologies and Copyright Liability". Emory Law Journal. 57: 409–461. SSRN 965720.
  • Abramson, Bruce (2005). Digital Phoenix; Why the Information Economy Collapsed and How it Will Rise Again. MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-51196-4.
  • Judge criticises both parties in Napster case
  • "The File Sharing Movement" in Jack Goldsmith and Tim Wu, Who Controls the Internet: Illusions of a Borderless World Oxford University Press, 2006, pp. 105–125. ISBN 978-0-19-515266-1


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