Figures scrawled on a whiteboard told how many people around the world had installed their file-sharing application and were using it to download music from each other's computers. As recounted in Downloaded — a documentary soon to premiere at the SXSW film festival , telling the story of a piece of software that came and went and whipped up a new digital music industry in its slip — Napster had 20 million users at the time. Some way from San Mateo, in suburban London I had just become one myself. I was 17, and the owner of an irregular music collection that numbered about 20 albums, most of them a real shame OMC's How Bizarre , the Grease 2 soundtrack.
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Napster is a set of three music-focused online services. It was founded as a pioneering peer-to-peer P2P file sharing Internet software that emphasized sharing digital audio files, typically audio songs, encoded in MP3 format. As the software became popular, the company ran into legal difficulties over copyright infringement.
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. This version of Napster's story has echoes of Bill and Ted — two clueless teenagers who unwittingly manage to change history. Parker and Fanning, from Virginia and Massachusetts respectively, met in an internet chatroom in the s. Aged 17 and 18, they went to California to found Napster, an online community allowing fans to swap music for free. In the film, labels remember themselves as being "ambushed" by these kids; they called them thieves, pirates, gold-diggers. Yet if you believe Parker and Fanning, they were a few teenagers in a tiny office in Silicon Valley who had no desire to re-architect the music business; but if they weren't going to do it, someone else would.