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    Check this out, lets you "share" MP3 files with other users.
    http://www.napster.com/

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    Did anyone see Napster.com in the news today?

    It has become so popular that several colleges have banned its use because it's clogging up their computer networks.

    The music industry is nervous too. The RIAA has filed a lawsuit against Napster.com.

    Has anyone used this program? Care to share your thoughts on it?

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    I use it, it's great. Can find a lot of MP3 files fast. I'm mainly after the obscure ones though.

    It is certainly a copywrite violation. What can you do? I still buy cd's but only ones I have to have. CD's are way too expensive. Overpriced crap. Does it cost $16(CAN) to pay all involved within reason? (obviously based on sales, but so what.. shitty product deserves little sales). Thank someone for the internet. It's given people with ambition and often real talent the opportunity to at the very least, share their music.

    That's a bit off tangent. Napster is 99.9% ommercially available material, i.e. current popular.

    I'm sure there upset. Good.

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    Emeric - I know napster finds MP3s faster, but:

    * Does it download MP3s faster?

    * Does it compromise computer security in any way?

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    Dobro,

    All depends on traffic. I don't find it downloads any faster or slower. But as you said, it finds mp3's faster. Which is very difficult to do with obscure songs.

    If people leaching mp3's off your machine is a concern to you, than I suppose security could be an issue. I think there is an option to turn this off, but I don't know.

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    Yeah, the prices are so high because most of the profit on CD's goes to the shareholders and executives of huge corporations that own ISP's, print newspapers and magazines, produce expensive but awful movies, manufacture junky consumer goods in sweatshops in Asia, distill liquor, own television and radio networks. And then there are all the middle men. And then...... then......the musician. Unless you are one of a handful of very powerful musical acts, you'll see very little of that profit from your CD.
    The music industry is so nervous about the internet and download programs because because they're losing control of distribution to the artists themselves. In the long run MP3, Napster, et al will be beneficial to the artist.


    [This message has been edited by hixmix (edited 02-29-2000).]

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    You can turn off the share section of Napster so no one can see or download files from your computer while you are using it. I always shut it down when I am done downloading just in case, as it puts an icon in the system tray and who knows what it might be doing in the background after that stuff about RealJukebox was discovered.

    About piracy and the RIAA losing money, here's a quote from a news story I read online yesterday. I have no idea if the statistics are completely correct:

    "...the RIAA reports that the music industry - especially non-copy-protected CD's - is booming. Not only did the record industry sell 10.8% more CD's than last year, they raised their income on those disks by 12.3% - so not only are you buying more music, but you're paying more for each disk you buy. Income from CD's alone increased by 1.4 billion dollars last year. So where's the crippling damage from evil music pirates? If they're suffering so badly, why does their profit chart look like Microsoft's?"

    Definitely interesting if true.

    [This message has been edited by Jon X (edited 02-29-2000).]

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    I know, I know - and I've got little sympathy for the big recording companies. But if I copy a CD for a friend, he/she won't go out and buy a commerical copy, right? So nothing goes to the artist, who deserves to be supported. So what's the way around it? Every time you copy an entire CD, you send $2 to the artist?

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    What a great idea! If something like that caught on it could bring the industry to it's knees. The artist would be king!

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    Yeah, but there's something else - most artists don't record (equip, engineer, master and market) their own material - they rely on their record company for that. So they (and we) need the big (and not so big) labels to get the stuff out in the first place - they have their uses, and they deserve monetary support, too.

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